Syllable & Word Stress rules for 100% Correct Pronunciation | Pronounce English Words Clearly
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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, bye.

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  2. nice, informative and interesting
    Mam Pls keep on putting more lessons on this topic so that it helps me to overcome my hesitation of speaking correctly.
    This way is really interesting although there is everything in the dictionary.

  3. Nice explanation. The word receive was misspelled and the word adjective was not stressed properly. Adjective not adJECtive.

  4. Amazing content, very informative. Can you please help in scansion. Also if we are talking about verbs like sleeping, walk etc how can we stress syllable 2 ?

  5. I am highly thankful to you Ma'am… you have given the best opportunity to learn something useful in day to day conversation.

    You are the best teacher and Niharika Ma'am too.

  6. You're awesome!!👏👍 ma'am please make more videos on english. I'm doing honors in English and here, we don't get any teacher or lecturer. So it is really difficult for me.. It will be very helpful if you make videos on English of English honors.

  7. Good. I appreciate your video. Sister, please check the plural form of syllable you've mentioned in the video. 👌👏👏👏👏👏👍

  8. I am so sorry to break your little heart – I am a native speaker and 'You can't pronounce for nuts! Please stop fooling young Indians

  9. You explain so well that it seems so easy. Thank you so much for taking your time to create this channel. 🙏

  10. Ma'am plz show where to put mark like uh show where to mark stress, mark like in contest we have to mark on first sylabbale bt where like contest is this like this con'test or itz like 'contest

  11. Very helpful! I have a question about my name though… In the US people pronounce my name with a stress on the second syllabe, ClaRIce, not on the first syllable like you presented… Do names follow a different rule?

  12. I have been struggling to understand stressing words in English for so long but today you changed my English level, thanks

  13. Madam, my question is : 1. The word 'magnanimity' will be stressed on (a) 1st syllable, (b) 2nd syllable, (c) 3rd syllable, (d) 4the syllable.
    2. The word 'responsibility' will be stressed on (a) 1st syllable, (b) 2nd syllable, (c) 3rd syllable, (d) 4the syllable.

  14. i can't get off my eyes away while you r there in the video, u have developed a very good way of making other's feel comfortable around you.

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