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The letters "cio", "cia", "tia", and "tio"

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During this lesson we're going to learn how to pronounce words which contain the letters: cia, cio, tia, and tio which are often, pronounced with a sh sound, just like words which contain the letters sh.

Here are some examples of words which contain the letters cia: Try repeating each one after me.

Artificial
Beneficial
Crucial
Facial
Musician
Official
Optician
Racial
Social
Special

Now here are some examples of words which contain the letters cio: Once again, try repeating each one after me.

Audacious
Conscious
Delicious
Ferocious
Malicious
Precious
Spacious
Suspicion
Vivacious
Vicious

Next here are some examples of words which contain the letters tia: Remember to repeat each one after me.

Initials
Inertia
Dietitian
Essential
Martians
Negotiate
Politician
Potential
Residential
Substantial

And finally here are some examples of words which contain the letters tio:nOnce again, try repeating each one after me.

Action
Caption
Celebration
Emotion
Motion
Mention
Nation
International
Publication
Relationship

As always in English, there are many exceptions which you just have to learn as you go, and there are also some differences in pronunciation between British, and American, English.

So, now that you know how to pronounce the sh sound, try chatting with some new friends on GoSpeakEnglish to see if your initial, audacious comunication is sufficient for the creation of an emotional, International relationship!

And that's the end of this lesson!

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