Wednesday, March 4, 2009

English is a Stressed Language

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English is considered a stressed language while many other languages are considered syllabic.

In French or Italian, for example, each syllable receives equal importance. There is stress in each, but each syllable has its own length.

English pronunciation focuses on specific stressed words while quickly gliding over the other, non stressed, words.

The Importance

Why is this so important to understand?

If you know where the stress is, you can better pronounce the language. Native speakers automatically know where the stress lies.

Students of English need to realize how words are stressed in the language to improve their pronunciation.

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The Best Way

The best way to improve your pronunciation is to work with a native speaker to mimic the sounds and learn the stress in sentences. A native speaker can also help with the cadence or rhythm which together with proper stress leads to better pronunciation.

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