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What is a Syllable? Word Stress in American English Part 1


To pronounce English words correctly and clearly you have to understand Word Stress (Syllable Stress), or how some syllables stand out and receive more emphasis than others. In Part 1 of this American accent training series on Word Stress we answer the question "What is a syllable?"

Key Takeaways:

1) At the core of every syllable is a vowel sound. The vowel may stand alone or be surrounded by 1 or 2 consonants or consonant clusters.

2) The amount of vowel sounds in a word determines the number of syllables.

3) Remember- when identifying syllables we are listening for vowel sounds and not looking for vowel letters!

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