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5 Word Stress Rules to Improve Your Pronunciation

5 simple word stress rules to improve your pronunciation

Here is a short explanation on what word stress is as well as five common word stress patterns that will help you accentuate the right syllables and speak English like a native speaker. These rules will enable you to improve your intonation and speak with a better accent. Understanding and mastering the rhythm of English […]

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Choosing which word to stress will improve your English speaking

Correct intonation and stress are the key to speaking English fluently with good pronunciation. Intonation and stress refers to the music of the English language. Words that are stressed are key to understanding and using the correct intonation brings out the meaning. After students have learned basic consonant and vowel sounds, they should move on […]

word stress can change the sentence meaning

Word stress can change the sentence meaning

When you are speaking English the words you stress can change the underlying meaning of a sentence.┬áLet’s take a look at the following sentence: I don’t think he should get the job. This simple sentence can have many levels of meaning based on the word you stress. Consider the meaning of the following sentences with […]

English consonents and vowels

Consonants

There are 20 consonants in English. They are b, c, d, f, g, h, j, k, l, m, n, p, q, r, s, t, v, w, x, z. Other consonants are ch, ng, qu, sh, th, wh and semivowel y Letters Sounds Examples b [b] baby, best, buy, bring, blind, absent, about, number, labor, robber, […]

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Two Vowels and Diphthongs

Diphthongs are two vowels in the same syllable. When you pronounce diphthongs the tongue moves from one vowel to another. For example, when you pronounce the word “bike [baik]“, the vowel sound glides or moves from [a] to the vowel [i]. When you speak the word “bike [baik]” you will understand how the vowel sound […]

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One Vowel

English vowels are “a, e, i, o, u”. But in pronunciation, the sounds of the vowels are different. Every syllable in English must contain at least one vowel. We have short and long vowels, and of course, each syllable has one vowel only. Click on the picture, hear the sound and repeat. The short vowels […]