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A syllable is a sound unit in a word or one beat. For instance, you can clap your hands one time when saying "June" and four times when saying "January." June has one syllable. January has four syllables.


Most of the common words have the stress on the 1st syllable. The words on the list below have the stress on the 2nd syllable. Remember that when you stress a sound, you also take stress away from the other parts of the word. For instance, "computer" sounds like "cumPYUdr." The stressed syllables are in capital letters. Read the list, then practice: Take our free online test. Click on "pronunciation video" to practice with the instructor.




About =
uBOUt
Beauty =
beeYUdee
Complete=
cumPLEEt
Develop =
deeVElup or duVElup
Machine =
MuSHEEN

Above =
uBUV
Before =
beeFOR or buFOR
Computer  =
cumPYUdr
Direct =
drRECT
Perhaps =
prHAPS

Again =
uGYEN or uGEN
Began =
beeGAN or buGAN
Contain =
cunTAIN
Enough =
eeNUF or eNUF
Remember =
reeMEMbr or ruMEMbr

Ago =
uGO
Begin =
beeGIN or buGIN
Correct =
crRECT
Example =
egsZAMpul (x sounds like "gs")

Together =
tooGEthr or tuGEthr
Among =
uMUNG
Behind =
beeHIND or buHIND
Decide =
deeSIDE or duSIDE
Important =
imPORnt or imPORtunt
Until =
unTIL

Appear =
uPEER
Between =
beeTWEEN or buTWEEN
Deliver =
deeLIvr or duLIvr
Forgotten =
forGOn or frGOtun



* a small "t" at the end indicates a stopped T or small T sound.

* when E is the second letter and not stressed, it often reduces to the short "u" as in "up."

* "er," "ir" and "ur" have the same sound.

* "u" indicates the "u" sound as in "up." A long U as in "flute" is spelled as "oo."

*** Our new 750 Business Words Pronunciation Class has syllable stress and word stress in every lesson.






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