Pronounce English words correctly | Word Stress | Syllables | Pronunciation


Hello! I’m Emma from mmmEnglish and in
this lesson we’re focusing on your pronunciation, specifically syllable
stress, which is very important. It’s the difference between the noun, present and
the verb, present. Hear the difference? These two words look exactly the same
but they’re pronounced differently. And that’s all because of syllable stress. First thing! What’s a syllable? A syllable is a part of an English word and it’s
created by a vowel sound. Take the example from before. Present. It has two vowel sounds in it /e/ and /ə/ Present. Thus, there’s two syllables. The word book has only one syllable. The word date has only one syllable. It’s tricky because there are two vowel letters. But if you listen carefully you’ll hear
there is only one vowel sound /eɪ/, date. The ‘e’ is silent and in the word my, there’s
only one syllable. Even though there’s only consonants in this word there is
still a vowel sound. The ‘y’ makes a vowel sound /aɪ/, my. How many syllables does the word apple have? Apple. Two. How many syllables does the
word banana have? Banana. Three. What about beautiful? Beautiful. Three. And economical? Economical. Five. Great! Notice that I’m saying ba-NA-na, not ba-na-na. Not all syllables are equal! If there is
only one syllable in the word then of course, it will be the stressed syllable.
If there is more than one syllable in the word, then there will be one syllable
that is stronger, clearer and bolder than the others. The pronunciation of that
syllable is clearer. Here are a few more examples: Perfect. Can you hear how the first syllable is clearer and stronger than the second? /pɜ:/ The second syllable is /fɪkt/ Perfect. Perfect. So the first syllable is definitely
stronger. It’s been a perfect day. See if you can guess which syllable in each of these words is the strongest? Beautiful. Beautiful. The first syllable is the strongest syllable. What a beautiful sunset. We use this stress to add
emphasis to our sentences as well. Especially with adjectives. It’s a
beautiful sunset. That’s a beautiful dress. Ridiculous. Ridiculous. Which
syllable is stressed? Ridiculous. The second syllable is the stressed syllable. Ridi.. ridi.. culous. Ridiculous. I can’t wear that! I’ll that I’ll look ridiculous! Enthusiastic. Enthusiastic. It’s the fourth
syllable. En-thu-si-A-stic Enthusiastic. We were really enthusiastic about the idea, until we found out how much it would cost! So how do you know which
syllable to stress? Unfortunately, there is no simple rule that you can follow but there is an easy way that you can find out this information! When you’re looking up a new word in the dictionary you’ll see the phonetic script next to
that word. It will tell you what syllable to stress and it will be marked like this: Complicated. Economical. Intelligent. Of course you can also listen to the
pronunciation if you’re using an online dictionary. Some longer words will also
have a secondary stress but the strongest stress – the main stress – is this
symbol. So what do you need to remember? There is always one main syllable in a
word that is stressed. It’s stronger than the others. Pronouncing it incorrectly
can be confusing. Present. Present. Object. Object. Contract. Contract. Learning to push down on the strongest syllable will help you to add emphasis
to your speech and your pronunciation. It will help you to sound more sincere, more
interesting and natural! I really like it. Your home is beautiful. What a perfect
afternoon. Speaking English clearly and confidently
is about more than just the pronunciation of sounds. Word stress and
syllable stress are just as important. I hope that you enjoyed that lesson and
you don’t have to stop now! There’s heaps more videos available on
my Youtube channel. Come and say hi on my Facebook page or go visit my website at
mmmEnglish.com to find out more about my online courses. Thanks for watching and I’ll see you next time. Bye for now!

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Comments

  1. I had just watched your LIVE CHAT , Emma. And guess what, here I am to watch your other videos in order to improve my English pronountion. Cheers! 😊

  2. Great lesson. It is really important to know how to recognize the difference between the verb and the noun only by stressing the relevant syllable.
    Do you recommend an app that can easily identify where I should stress every word correctly?

  3. I am gonna be honest. I study the English language at a University, and Word stress is the one thing that I utterly despise.

  4. Wow,, i saw 1,1 K comentator… yes, of course. An interesting teacher for interested lesson… favorable for non native learner

  5. I have seen thgis video I guess but I haven't taken notes of it yet. It is done now, I also want to practice my writing skills.

  6. Hi emma i learn many things from you but my position is still when ever i m going in front of English speker my mind going stuck 🙁

  7. Hi prof .I suggest making a marthon for your fans to visit your great country and meet you .

  8. My fiance is from Australia thats why i'm learning from you emma an australian accent ,thank you for your effort of teaching me❤

  9. Before watch your videos, I pronounced these words incorrectly. No I'm trying to correct it while I talking.
    Thank you so much Mam ♥️♥️♥️♥️
    You are so cute and beautiful

  10. One of the most interesting lessons which learn how to distinguish between verb & noun pronounction ,and when we say stressed or unstressed syllables ,💕💕💕💕💕

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