Syllable & Word Stress rules for 100% Correct Pronunciation | Pronounce English Words Clearly | Speak English like a Native
You always get Confused with word stress (or syllable stress) and end up with wrong English pronunciations. Follow the rules for Intonation and word stress in this English lesson to pronounce English words clearly and correctly. English pronunciations are tricky and you would improve only by understanding the rules to stress, nouns, adjectives, verbs and prepositions correctly in a sentence. This English pronunciation lesson by Ceema would help you pronounce correctly, Improve your accent and speak fluent English like a native English speaker.
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Hey there, how are you? This is Ceema your trainer once again. Well what am I going to teach you today? I’m gonna teach you to speak like a native English speaker, which means that this video is for all of you. Now a lot of people tell me that they don’t really sound like a native English speaker and you know why? Because they don’t know how to pronounce words properly. So let me tell you, if you know how to pronounce words properly you will sound like a native English speaker. But the problem is that nobody in English class has ever taught you pronunciation. So I’m gonna help you understand that pronouncing words properly relates to syllable stress, which means if you know which syllable to stress in the word you are going to be able to pronounce that word properly. So I’ve got a list of all the rules pertaining to syllable stress and after we learn the rules we will then go through a passage to see how much you’ve learned. So it is important that all of you stay with me through the entire video, okay? So let’s learn the rules and then see how we can apply that, right? Okay so let’s go ahead with understanding syllable stress, but wait a minute, what is a syllable? Okay let me tell you every word has one two three or maybe ten parts depending on how big the word is. So every part of a word is called a syllable. But now the question is, how do I know how many syllables or how many part a particular word has? Okay let’s try this little exercise what’s my name? Ceema right? When I say this word which is my name let me put my hand below my chin and say it like that Cee-ma. How many times do you think my chin dropped? Let’s see again Cee-ma, two times right? There you go so my word my name which is a word obviously has got two syllables that’s how you will know exactly how many parts or how many syllables one word has, okay? So let’s move quickly to understanding syllable stress, now if we have a word which has got two syllables and if that noun happens to be and if that word happens to be a noun or an adjective then you will stress on syllable number one. Let me repeat if the word has got two syllables which means your jaw drops twice while you say it and if that two syllable word happens to be a noun which could be a name, place, animal or a thing and or if it happens to be an adjective either which is a word to describe a noun then you will stress syllable number one. Let’s see the example we have a word like ‘contest’, let me say this word properly, let’s see if it is really a two syllable word or not, so con-test. Well that is definitely a two syllable word and a contest means a competition, right? So because it is a two syllable word and because it is a noun I am going to stress syllable number one. So I will say contest. I can’t say contest. If I’m talking about this word in the context of a noun, okay? The next word is record, not record but record. You need to keep a good record. So again this is a two syllable word, it is a noun and therefore I don’t say record I stress the first syllable which is this part and I say record. We have another word which is rainy this is obviously an adjective because it will describe a noun. Okay so if I say, this is a rainy day. I can’t say, this is a rainy day. It’s rainy okay so that’s again where I stress on syllable number one, okay? Is that easy? Okay, let’s now move on to understanding something very important here. If we’re talking about a two syllable word and if that two syllable word now happens to be a verb which is an action or a preposition words like in, on, between, among, off, etc. Then even though it is a two syllable word now you are now gonna stress syllable number two, okay? I’ll repeat that again for those who did not understand at the first time. Okay, if we are now looking at a two syllable word and if that word is a verb which is a word that talks about an action or if that is a preposition then you are going to stress syllable number two, which means a word like this which is an action, I won’t stress this syllable no that’s not right. You’re gonna stress syllable number two and you’re gonna say receive. I can’t say receive, that’s wrong. You’ll say I need to receive, I’m going to receive a gift, okay? So that’s how you say it because it’s a verb it talks about an action it’s a two syllable word because it goes receive, right? So you say receive. Okay then we’ve got a preposition which again is a two syllable word right so I will say between. We stressing syllable number two again between and then we’ve got another word which is present I’m stressing this word this syllable which is the ‘sent’ part and I say present. Now let me tell you something very interesting okay this word can also be used as a noun did you know that so let’s say if I’m talking about this as a noun I will then stress on the first syllable and I will say present. Present as in a gift. You know I get a Christmas present. I cannot say I get a Christmas present but if I’m using this word as an action I will say let me present a new topic. So I get a Christmas present because it’s a noun which is of two syllables but I’m going to present a new topic for all of you because it is a two syllable word which is a verb, is that a little easier now? So you’ve got to be very careful because some words can be a noun and a verb you know like an adjective and a verb so you’ve got to be a little careful but don’t worry with practice you will be good. Okay then, shall we move on? Let’s go to what happens if we use a three syllable word? Well you might think it’s a little complicated right? No, it’s not. It’s really simple. Now if you have three syllables words which means if your jaw drops three times when you say the word and if that three syllable word ends with an ‘ER’ or an ‘LY’ then you are going to stress syllable number one. So let’s look at some words manager, okay let’s understand the syllable stress here, three syllables, ‘ma-na-ger’ three syllable word but I’m going to stress syllable number one because apparently this word ends with an ‘ER’. So I know a lot of students who say the manager told me, the manager told me to come early that’s wrong you will say the manager instructed me to come on time. The manager because again it’s a three syllable word ending with an ‘ER’. Okay we have another word which is silently. Three syllables ‘si-lent-ly’ which means this word which is three syllable ends with an ‘LY’ and therefore I will stress on the first syllable which is ‘si’ and I will say I was sleeping silently, not silently. I was sleeping silently. Okay then, what happens if now you have a three syllable word but if that three syllable word ends with a ‘Y’ or a consonant, what do you do? You again stress syllable number one. That was a mistake. Syllable number one. So look at this word, it’s a word which has got three syllables the word is clarity, ‘cla-ri-ty’ three syllables, sure? Good. And this word ends with the ‘Y’ which means I’m gonna stress syllable number one and say clarity. Please give me some clarity not clarity or clarity its clarity. Okay then now if you have a three syllable word which ends with a ‘Y’ or a consonant, a continent is anything apart from a, e, i, o, u, so if it’s a three syllable word and if it ends with a consonant you are going to again stress syllable number one. Let’s look at the word again ‘gen-er-ous’ three syllables, right? So you will say generous you can’t take generous, that’s wrong. You are a generous man. You’re not a generous man. You’re a generous man, right? So these are the rules related to words having two syllables and words having three syllables, which are the most common words spoken in the English language. So please practice these words but what about practicing right now? Okay so I have got this passage that I’ve written especially for you so that we can check how much you’ve understood. Okay so we’re gonna read that and see if we are applying all these rules properly, okay? So read with me, “The man gave the children a present.” “The children were told to present themselves orderly.” “This man is always generous.” “If you record, record his kind deeds, you won’t be able to keep a record.” Notice what I did here, if you record his kind deeds, you won’t be able to keep a record. “That’s why we believe not believe but believe in living lovingly.” As you can see both these words are similar but over here this happens to be a noun over here it happens to be a verb and therefore the pronunciation changes. So, the man gave the children a present. The children were told to present themselves orderly. A three syllable word, you’re stressing syllable number one because it ends with a ‘Y’. The man is always generous. If you record, this is a verb so you’re stressing syllable number two if you record his kind deeds you won’t be able to keep a record. Over here record refers to a noun and therefore you say record re, record. That’s why we believe, we believe not we believe but we believe in living lovingly, okay? Well I hope you found this lesson really interesting because I’ll tell you what, pronunciation is so much fun if you know the rules, because if you know the rules you are going to be really good at speaking like a native English speaker. So I’ve got syllable stress part number two coming up, this only the first part so stay tuned for part number two and I’ll be back with some more lessons until then this is me saying,