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English Pronunciation News: NATO Continues Air Strikes in Libya

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A NATO official has said that they will continue to target Gadhafi's forces as long as his forces threaten the lives of civilians. This statement was made after South African president urged NATO to stop air strikes and give a ceasefire a chance. A rebel spokesman did say that there was shelling in Libya recently.

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1. NATO: NA-do 6. threaten: THRE-N
2. target: TAR-get 7. civilians: si-VIl-yuns
3. forces: FOR-ses 8. shelling: SHEL-ing
4. air: AIR 9. rebel: RE-bul
5. urged: URJT 10. rebellion: ru-BEL-yun

Also note: with "lian" and "lion" the I sounds like a Y (the y sound in "yes"). This is a reduction from the original double vowel "ee-uh" spelled "ia" and "io."

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