How to pronounce hyper polysyllabically

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    About this Video: What is a stressed syllable? If you want to find out more about syllables in English, how to count syllables, how to divide syllables, this syllables lesson is for you. Last week I was talking to you about rhythm and stress in english intonation and specifically how speaking in a stress timed rhythm would help you to sound much more confident and much more at ease speaking British English. So be sure to check out my channel and find out more about word stress in British English. And as a part of the video I mentioned syllables and I said if you don’t know what a syllable was that you should go onto Google and check it out and it would give you the answer and I thought well maybe I should make you a video about syllables and so this is what I am doing and I'm gonna talk about syllables and the number of syllables in words but more importantly and more relevant how to stress those syllables in words in British English. So here goes - what is a syllable? A syllable is essentially a single unit of speech and that unit of speech tends to contain a vowel sound and that may have a consonant after it or before it, it may even have what is called a cluster of constance which means more than one constant before it or after it. That’s a pretty standard definition of syllable. So for instance ‘at’ is a single syllable. It happens to be a word but it's a single syllable word; to’, ‘if’, ‘a’, so these are single syllable words in another name for those are mono-syllabic words and here are a few more: at to bit can bite stack thwart click our or are And a word that contains more than one syllable is sometimes referred to as a poly-syllabic word or some people say multi-syllable word. I prefer polysyllabic word. Here are a few of those: a.head - contains two syllables - contains three syllables - contains four syllables - contains five syllables - contains six syllables And in polysyllabic words it's important to know which syllable is stressed, because there are stressed and unstressed syllables. So, for example in the word ‘ahead’, ‘HEAD’ is the stressed syllable and the ‘a’ at the beginning is un-stressed - ‘a.HEAD’. In ‘amended’, ‘MEN’ is the stressed syllable the ‘a’ and the ‘ded’ at the end are unstressed - ‘a.MEN.ded’ and this is important because a lot of non-native speakers tend to either stress too many of the syllables in those words or they stress the wrong syllables. If you’re wondering ‘what is stress in english?’, the way in which we stress the syllable this is the important bit is that we change the pitch of our voice and to keep things simple for now the most common way that we do that is by increasing the pitch of our voice, not the loudness of our voice but changing the pitch to a slightly higher note so for instance: ‘a.HEAD’, ‘a.MEN.ded’. Can you hear that. So if you’re wondering ‘what is a stressed syllable?’ in British English, it’s the syllable that is emphasised by way of changing the pitch. It’s another way of talking about word Stress in english. Here are some more examples: RA.di.a.tor a.MEN.ded WON.der.ful al.THOUGH in.CRE.di.bly frus.TRA.ting al.THOUGH you are a you are in.CRE.di.bly frus.TRA.ting The last one is a good example of word stress in sentences. And there are many words with 1 syllable, words with 2 syllables, words with 3 syllables, words with 4 syllables, words with 5 syllables, words with 6 syllables and many, many more… So a syllable is a unit of speech that contains a vowel sound that may have a consonant or cluster of consonants before or after it and there are words that are monosyllabic single syllable words and words that are polysyllabic. And after you divide words into syllables, stressing the right syllable in those polysyllabic words by way of changing the pitch of your voice is the way that we would bring attention to and stress that part of the word in British English. This is part of stress patterns in English. So I hope you found that useful and if you are on my website and scroll down now leave a comment it a thumbs up or thumbs down, I don’t really mind just give me some sort of reaction. If you're watching this on YouTube then after you've after you’ve hit the thumbs up or thumbs down or left me a comment go over to my website, there is a load of free stuff there, there’s a load of free downloads. There’s a couple of five day courses, free ffive day courses that you can download so head over there it’s and I post weekly videos so be sure to subscribe to this channel and I'll speak to you soon. View this post on my website:
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