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Saturday January 17th, 2009
In this weeks podcast, we're going to continue learn how to determine which syllable of a word is stressed. Often times, students aren't sure which syllable to stress when they see a long word with three or more syllables.
As we started to discuss in last week's podcast, if you have a long word of three or more syllables and you want to know where the stress is, you have to look at the suffix of the word. The suffix is the word ending. The suffix is a signal which will tell you which syllable to stress in the word.
In last week's podcast, we learned about some suffixes for which the stress falls immediately before the suffix. This week were going to look at another group of suffixes. We're going to look at words such as:
Socialize has three syllables. It ends in the suffix ize.
Rule: Whenever you see the suffix ize, count back two syllables and you'll find the syllable stress.
so cial ize
Suffixes for which the stress falls two syllables before the suffix:
ize, ary and ate
Exercise: Listen and repeat the following words containing the suffix ize.
recognize rec ogn ize
Notice how it didn't matter how many syllables were in the word. We're not counting the number of syllables.
Exercise: Listen and repeat the following words containing the suffix ary .
secretary sec ret ary
* ate as a verb is pronounced /eIt/. As an adjective or noun , it's pronounced /It/. Today's podcast we're going to focus on using ate as a verb, pronounced /eit/.
Exercise: Listen and repeat the following verbs containing the suffix ate .
activate ac tiv ate
It's always a good idea to use new words and sounds in sentences.
Exercise: Listen and repeat the following sentences, paying careful attention to syllable stress.
I have to activate my credit card.
I didn't recognize him at first.
That singer is legendary in his country.
In addition to using suffixes as signals for stress, you can also learn syllable stress just through memorization.
If you can memorize the stress of a word just by memorizing the rhythm, the feel of the word, like it's music, that's good too!
Exercise : Make a list of words which have the same suffix. For example: <ize>
The Importance of Training
A big part of English pronunciation and accent reduction is repetition- repeating words and sounds over and over again until you commit then to memory.
Think of dancers, athletes and musicians- how do they get so good at what they do?
It's important to have good training tools to practice your pronunciation.
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Thank you and see you next time!
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