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Session 3

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 vaccine.

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    Activity 1

Activity 1

Pronunciation in the News


A skin patch which delivers a flu vaccine painlessly has passed safety tests in a trial on patients.

A vaccine is a substance that is usually injected into the body by a doctor or nurse to provide protection from a disease.

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How do you say 'vaccine'?

  • There are two syllables: vac-cine
  • The stress is on the first syllable: VAC-cine
  • The letters 'cc' are pronounced as /ks/
  • In phonemic script, the word is written like this: /ˈvæksiːn/

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

End of Session 3

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

Session Vocabulary

  • Pronouncing 'vaccine'

    Two syllables: vac-cine

    Stress the first syllable: VAC-cine

    The letters 'cc' are pronounced as /ks/

    In phonemic script: /ˈvæksiːn/