how to pronounce shale


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shale is pronounced in one syllable

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An example use of shale in a speech by a native speaker of british english:

“… there is a grave shale layer potash alum …”

meanings of shale


  1. A shell or husk; a cod or pod.
  2. A fine-grained sedimentary rock of a thin, laminated, and often friable, structure.


  1. To take off the shell or coat of.

shale frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word shale occurs in english on average 1.7 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics shale can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that shale can be often used in the following areas:

1) life, nature, and living environment;

words with pronunciation similar to shale


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