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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.

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Pronunciation in the News


North Korea has threatened to carry out missile strikes on the US Pacific territory of Guam. How do we pronounce the word threatened? Watch the video and find out.

Threatened means told someone you might do them harm

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How do you say 'threatened'?

  • There are two syllables: threat-ened.
  • The stress is on the first syllable: THREAT-ened.
  • There's a short /ə/ sound between 't' and 'n'
  • In phonemic script, the word is written like this: /ˈθret(ə)nd/

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The 'threatened' quiz

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More pronunciation work

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

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  • Pronouncing 'threatened'

    • two syllables: threat-ened

      stress on the first syllable: THREAT-ened

      short /ə/ sound between 't' and 'n'

      In phonemic script: /ˈθret(ə)nd/