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Tip: The Word of the Day page is a great place to listen to American pronunciation.

 


 
 

Fortunately, there aren't too many words in English that begin with the letter "x." There are a few different ways to pronounce it. It's either a /ks/ sound or its a /z/ sound.

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I recommend that you write the words in your notebook as you practice pronouncing them.

Listen and repeat:

 

  word meaning
1.
x
x
2.
Xavier
a man's name
3.
xenophobia
to fear the unknown
4.
xenophobic
towards the west
5.
xerox
to make a photocopy
6.
Xerxes
a king of Peria
7.
Xmas
Christmas
8.
x-ray
a picture inside
9.
xylem
a part of a plant
10.
xylophone
a musical instrument

If you are having trouble pronouncing a particular word, email it to me and I'll add it to my list of words for future lessons.

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Now you try:

 

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