A syllable is a word, or part of a word, which contains a single vowel
sound. It is a single unit of speech.
Each word contains one syllable, or more.
Here are examples of words with a single syllable:
In English, a vowel sound can be made of more the one vowel letter.
So the following words have a single syllable as well:
All of these words contain only one vowel sound, and therefore a single
word can have more than one syllable. The following words are examples
of words with two syllables. Here are examples of words with 2
syllables. The different syllables are shown on the right, and they are
separated with a
Examples of words with three syllables:
camera: ca mer
Examples of words with four syllables:
der gar ten
for ma tion
January: ja nu ar
mer i can
sco ver y
That is not all, of course. There can be words with even more
syllables. But you get the point, right?
a word has more than one syllable, not all syllables are pronounced
with the same degree of force. The syllable which is pronounced with
greater force is called the stressed
syllable. You can also call it the accented syllable.
"Accent" in this case means "emphasis".
speaking, it is important to put the stress on the correct
Otherwise, it would sound unnatural, and might even
be difficult to
Watch the following video for a full explanation and demonstration of
Here are some examples of the word stress of some common
words (the stress part is bold):
tel e vi
to geth er
po ta to
Now, have you read all the explanations and
watched the video? Very good!
You are almost ready to move on to the next
lesson, but before that,
make sure you know the answers to the following questions:
What is a syllable?
What is a stresses syllable/accented syllable?
How can you know where to put the stress for
each word while speaking?