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How do you say the words you see and hear in the news? In Pronunciation in the News, we take a word that's dominating the headlines and teach you how to say it like a native speaker. In this episode, we're looking at the word renovation.

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London's Big Ben has fallen silent for major repair work expected to last until 2021.The decision to switch it off during the renovation to protect workers' hearing has sparked a debate about the length of time it will be silent, with MPs not being told it would be four years, the longest period in its history.

Renovation means repairing and improving something old to make it look new again.

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How do you say 'renovation'?

  • There are four syllables: re-no-va-tion
  • The stress is on the third syllable: re-no-VA-tion
  • The final syllable 'tion' is pronounced /ʃ(ə)n/
  • In phonemic script, the word is written like this: /ˌrenəˈveiʃ(ə)n/

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If you want to improve your pronunciation even more, try The Sounds of English or Tim's Pronunciation Workshop.

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Join us in Session 4 for The Teachers' Room. Dan and Sian give tips on essential speaking skills for students.

Session Vocabulary

  • Pronouncing 'renovation'

    There are four syllables: re-no-va-tion

    The stress is on the third syllable: re-no-VA-tion

    The final syllable 'tion' is pronounced /ʃ(ə)n/

    In phonemic script, the word is written like this: /ˌrenəˈveiʃ(ə)n/