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English Pronunciation News: Osama bin Laden

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U.S. officials are filling in the gaps in their account of the investigation and death of the world's most wanted terrorist, Osama Bin Laden. Officials knew of Bin Laden's radicalism long before the 9/11 attacks. They were investigating him through his couriers. They followed one courier to a home that was not in a cave, not right along the border, but in an affluent suburb. This was a compound with 12 to 18 foot walls and no telephone and no internet service. Investigators knew that this compound was significant.

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1. account of (u-KOU-nuv): blend the words in common phrases
2. most wanted (MOST WANNED): silent T after N
3. radicalism (RA-di-kul-izm): use good short A
4. Couriers (CỎree-yurs): use reduced sound in "good", pronounce R's
5. not in a cave (NO-di-nu-cave): blend small words in a phrase
6. not right along (NOT ri-dulong): blend small words in a phrase
7. affluent (AF-floo-ent): use good short A, stress 1st syllable
8. compound (COM-POUND): stress both syllables
9. 12 to 18 (12 t'18): reduce the word "to" within phrases

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