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Eng­lish Accent Train­ing- pro­nounce long words and the word end­ing ‘tion’

A  few cus­tomers recent­ly asked me how to pro­nounce words end­ing in the com­mon end­ing ‘tion’ which can also be spelt  ‘cion.’  The ‘tion’ spelling is the most com­mon though.

As you can see from the cat and mouse pic­ture, the word ‘motion’ also ends in ‘tion’ !!

I am sure you have already noticed that for Eng­lish pro­nun­ci­a­tion,  com­mon end­ings aren’t pro­nounced the way they look !

The ‘tion’ or ‘cion’ com­mon end­ings are usu­al­ly pro­nounced as a weak syl­la­ble, so the /o/ sound becomes a schwa /ə/ sound.  It is pro­nounced like a short /u/ sound.  The ‘tion’ and ‘cion’ are pro­nounced  ‘shən’.

I decid­ed to make a record­ing for you to con­tin­ue your Eng­lish accent train­ing prac­tise.  At the same time, you can prac­tise your accent reduc­tion and Eng­lish pro­nun­ci­a­tion, and Eng­lish stress pat­terns for mul­ti­syl­lab­ic words. You can also find more exam­ples to prac­tise with in our Eng­lish pro­nun­ci­a­tion audio cours­es. Click here.

Eng­lish Accent Train­ing- pro­nounce long words and the word end­ing ‘tion’

As we prac­tise with the audio record­ing below, I will also point out any oth­er weak­ly stressed syl­la­bles in the prac­tise words aside from the weak­ly stressed ‘tion’ syl­la­ble.


The words we will be prac­tis­ing are:

addi­tion, sat­is­fac­tion, dura­tion, accom­mo­da­tion, loca­tion, con­nec­tion, posi­tion, inter­rup­tion, inven­tion, dis­tor­tion, reten­tion, vaca­tion, ampli­fi­ca­tion, cau­tion.

 Prac­tise sen­tences:

1) They looked at their vaca­tion accom­mo­da­tion with sat­is­fac­tion.

2) There were many inter­rup­tions to their inter­net con­nec­tion.

3) He was cau­tioned when his new inven­tion increased the gui­tarists ampli­fi­ca­tion, and caused great sound dis­tor­tion.

Eng­lish Accent Train­ing- pro­nounce long words and the word end­ing ‘cion’

There are only two com­mon nouns that end in ‘cion’:

sus­pi­cion, coer­cion

Prac­tise sen­tence:

There was no sus­pi­cion of coer­cion in the court case.

Enjoy prac­tis­ing,

Best wish­es, Esther

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