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LEARN ABOUT WORD STRESS
Word Stress is golden key number one for speaking and understanding English. Word Stress is *very important*.
You can try to learn about Word Stress. This is one of the *best* ways for you to understand spoken English -
especially English spoken fast.
What is Word Stress?
Take 3 words: photograph, photographer and photographic,
for example. Do they sound the same when spoken? No!
They sound different, because *one* syllable in each
word is "stressed" (stronger than the others).
PHOtograph phoTOgrapher photoGRAPHic
This happens in ALL words with 2 or more syllables:
TEACHer, JaPAN, CHINa, aBOVE, converSAtion, INteresting,
imPORtant, deMAND, etCETera, etCETera, etCETera
Try to hear the stress in words
each time you listen to English - on the radio, or in
films for example. Your first step is to *hear* and
recognise it. After that, you can *use* it!
There are two very important rules about word stress:
1. One word, one stress. (One word cannot have two stresses. So if you hear two stresses, you have heard two words, not one word.)
2. The stress is always on a vowel.
التعديل الأخير كان بواسطة hamid eddin; 21-05-2006 الساعة 11:47 AM