Syllables

Syllables

English words are made up of syllables. Syllables are distinct sounds within a word. All syllables have a vowel sound in them, and usually have a consonant between it and the next syllable. A word may have one, two, three, four, or more syllables. 

1 syllable  

 

  air 

2 syllables 

   

  bub-ble 

3 syllables

 

  con-tin-ue 

4 syllables

   

  dem-on-stra-tion  

5 syllables

 

  ef-fer-ves-cent-ly      
 

Syllable Stress

 

In a word with two or more syllables, one syllable is stressed (meaning they have a stronger and longer sound) and the other syllables are unstressed or weak (meaning they are not said or pronounced as strong or as long as stressed syllables). Listen to the below and note the stressed syllables. The stressed syllable is in bold.

 

  (pre-pare

      (sig-ni-fi-cance)
 

  (com-pu-ter)

      (in-con-spic-u-ous

Recognizing Stress

 

Sometimes it is difficult to determine or hear where the stress is on some words. There are three things to keep in mind that may help you recognize which syllable is stressed.

1. the pitch (see below) of the syllable is

    higher than in other syllables in the word.

 

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   ca ban na 

2. the vowel sound in the syllable is said or

    pronounced longer than other syllables in

    the word.   

     ca ban na 

3. the syllable is pronounced as a full vowel

    (not reduced as in the Schwa sound- see

    section on vowels)

    ca ban na 

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MR HAMZAOUI
 
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