Rules for Syllable Stress / Word Stress L2 – Improve Your English Pronunciation | English Lesson

Hey guys this is Ceema and I am back with
a lesson to help you understand ‘syllable stress’. Now why is this syllable stress
part – 2? Because this happens to be a continuation of our syllable stress series to help you
understand pronunciation in the best possible way. Now for those who did not watch the first
lesson on syllable stress, go back and watch the first lesson by clicking on the link at
the end of this video. But just to revise let me first help you understand about syllables,
what is a syllable? A syllable is a part of a word. So a word could have one part two
parts three parts or maybe ten parts so each part is a syllable. So if I were to say guarantee,
guarantee that word how many syllables would it possibly have? Let’s take a look now if
I put my hand below my chin I would have to say the word like gua-ran-tee, pay attention
gua-ran-tee as you can see my chin has dropped thrice and therefore this word has three syllables
so that is the way you will determine how many syllables a word has, okay? Great, now
since we’re talking about syllable stress the problem is we don’t know which syllable
to stress. Well that’s a common problem with non-native speakers so if you want to now
pronounce words properly pay close attention and watch the entire video, you don’t want
to miss a thing, okay? All right then let’s look at words ending with these words so word
endings are called ‘suffixes’. So they are word endings so if the word ends with
‘a-b-l-e’ it is a suffix. So I have mentioned I think around 16 word endings, okay? I’m
talking about just this part of the board, okay? So that’s 16 suffixes or word endings,
now if your word ends with these words or if your word has these suffixes, all of these
you are going to stress the syllable right before the suffix. So pay attention we don’t
care how many syllables the word has which means that as long as your word ends with
a-b-l-e, i-a-l, i-a-n, e-r-y and so on, it doesn’t matter how many syllables your word
has because you will only stress on the syllable right before this suffix. Let’s have a look
and see how we can relate to what I just said, okay? Now this word ends with the ‘a-b-l-e’,
it apparently has just two syllables but we don’t care how many syllables it is. All we
need to know is that we have to stress this syllable before this suffix so this word has
two syllables which is du-ra-ble, du-ra-ble, du-ra-ble, durable, so I will stress on the
first syllable and say durable not durable a lot of people say durable, that’s wrong
it’s durable, durable, durable, okay? Let’s move on to the next word which is financial,
again this the suffix is the one ending with the ‘i-a-l’ but I will stress on the syllable
before it and say financial I won’t say financial I’ll say financial, okay? We’re stressing
a syllable before i-a-l. The same goes for this word which is musician, musician the
s-i-c the sish his stressed, so I don’t say musician as a musician a lot of people say
musician did you hear that musician, he’s not a musician, he’s a musician because this
word ends with the suffix which is i-a-n and therefore I will stress on the syllable right
before it, okay? Moving on to the next word we have a word ending with the suffix e-r-y
so you will stress on this on the syllable before the e-r-y and you will say scenery,
scenery not scenery but scenery, okay? Scenery, okay? So it’s three syllables but you stress
on the s-C-e, okay? Scenery. Okay the next one, the next word has the suffix i-b-l-e
so we stress on the terrible we stress on the syllable just before the i-b-l-e. Terrible,
terrible there was a terrible accident. Okay this is a big word and you’ve heard this word
very, very often but don’t get scared because this word ends with the suffix i-c and therefore
you will stress on the syllable before it so you will say characteristic not characteristic,
characteristic, characteristic you are stressing the right before the suffix. Okay moving on
we have classification, organization, division, right? So what’s ending with i-o-n you are
going to stress on the syllable before the i-o-n okay? What’s ending with the i-a again
you will stress on the syllable right before this suffix and you will say bacteria, bacteria
not bacteria, bacteria okay so this place has a lot of bacteria not bacteria okay? All
right then words ending with i-e-n-t you’re gonna you follow the same rule, you will stress
on the syllable before the i-e-n-t and you will say ingredient, ingredient we have another
word which ends with i-o-u-s and therefore you will stress in a syllable before it by
saying mysterious, mysterious, mysterious. Okay moving on what’s ending with i-s-h same
rule selfish not selfish, selfish you are a selfish person. Okay we have another word
ending with the o-s-i-s again you stress on the syllable before this suffix which is somewhere
here so it actually got three syllables in its hyp-no-sis so I don’t stress on ‘hyp’,
I don’t stress on ‘sis’ I stress on the syllable before the s-i-s and I say hypnosis,
hypnosis, osmosis, hypnosis. Okay our next word ends with the s-i-o-n and we again stressed
the syllable before the suffix a lot of people pronounce this incorrectly but you will say
it as television, television I love to watch television. What are you gonna watch on the
television tonight? Okay words ending with a t-i-o-n you will stress syllable right before
it and you won’t say nutrition, nutrition, nutrition, nutrition. Okay then so what have
we learned until now? We have learned that if your words have all of these syllables
which are the last syllables or the suffixes, don’t stress the suffix but stress the syllable
before the suffix, okay? So let’s say that quickly yeah durable, financial, musician,
scenery, terrible, characteristic, classification, bacteria, ingredient, mysterious, selfish,
hypnosis, television, nutrition. Okay then we have some more rules to learn okay, so
let’s pay attention don’t go just yet. Okay now if your words end with these syllables
then, you won’t follow this rule no, no, no you are now going to stress on the suffix
itself okay so what did we learn here? If your words end with these syllables you are
stressing on the syllable before the suffix or the word ending but if your word ends with
these syllables you are going to stress on the suffix itself, let’s see how, this is
a famous drink that everyone wants to have in summer, so you will say can you give me
some lemonade? Not a lemonade, lemonade, can I have lemonade? You are stressing on the
syllable a-d-e itself. I agree, I don’t agree with you, I agree with you. That man is a
puppeteer. That man is a puppeteer, not a puppeteer, he’s a puppeteer. My student was
Japanese, not Japanese, a lot of people say my student is Japanese, he can’t be Japanese,
he’s from Japan but he is Japanese, okay you’re stressing on the e-s-e which is this suffix
itself. Okay in the olden days in the 90s or perhaps the 80s we never had CDs or you
know records like we do right now at that time when you had a cassette not a cassette
a lot of people say Cassette. You stress on the, the suffix itself and you say we used
to play cassettes in the late 90s or in the early 90s. Okay words ending with the q-u-e
again you’re gonna stress the, the suffix itself and say physique, physique not physique,
physique. Okay and what are those funny things you watch on TV there are cartoons, they’re
not cartoons, they’re cartoons, okay? So as you can see when you have words ending with
these suffixes pay attention to them you were only going to stress the suffix itself and
that’s how you will know how to pronounce these words properly. Okay moving on we are
going to look at the last rule which tells us that if your word now ends with these suffixes
which are c-y, p-h-y, g-y, a-l, and t-y you will stress on the third last syllable okay
and now you’re getting a little confused here? Don’t worry. So what is the third last syllable?
Suppose your word has four syllables okay so that’s one syllable, two syllable, three
syllable, four syllables, right? This is the last syllable, this is the second last syllable,
which means this would be the third last syllable. If your word has just three syllables this
is the last syllable, this is the second last syllable, this is the third last syllable,
easy? Okay then so let’s understand how to apply this rule, okay so if our word has these
suffixes or these word endings you are going to stress on the third last syllable it does
not matter how long your, your word is, you could have ten syllables or five of them we
don’t care. Okay this word this is one syllable, de-mo-cra-cy okay four syllables what did
we just learn if you have this as your suffix you will stress on the third last syllable
this is my last syllable, this is my second last syllable and therefore this has to be
the third last, so I will say democracy a lot of people say democracy, democracy I don’t
know but the actual way of saying it is democracy. We believe in democracy. Okay moving on words
ending with the p-h-y, you will say geography third last syllable again this is the last
syllable, this is the second last syllable but you will stress on the third last syllable
and say geography is my favorite subject. Okay this word only has three syllables so
this happens to be third last and I’ll say allergy a lot of people say allergy, allergy
they stress on the second syllable but you are supposed to stress on this one and say
allergy, I have an allergy. Okay nautical, nautical and the last word is clarity where
again you are stressing on the third last syllable because it ends with the t-y. Okay
so let’s say these words again democracy, geography, allergy, nautical, clarity. Okay
then I would suggest that all of you keep practicing now if you’re wondering how am
I going to remember all of that, let me tell you, you don’t have to remember you just have
to follow the rules and keep practicing because the more you practice the better your pronunciation
will become, so keep practicing and you will see that you will eventually sound just like
a native speaker. So I’ll see you with some more lessons until then this is me saying

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  2. Need to more focus/explanations that on which basis how to easily identify pronounceation of that particular word, than what the exact pronounceation that word.

  3. Ma'm plz btao merko ki koun see video see start kru me dekhna English thik krne ke liye starting Wala video kaha h aapka

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  5. Thank you for the useful video, Seema. But I must point out that your example "Television" is an exception to the rule. The stress is on the first syllable. Stressing ONLY "VIS" is wrong, or unnatural at best. It should be TEL-uh-viz-zhun. <– Primary stress on the 1st syllable and secondary stress on the 3rd.

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  7. #Always thanks to let's talk..who provide us such an interesting and beneficial lecture on different topics…..!!😊😊
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  8. Mam please please upload 3rd part of this series.
    Deal with how to quickly identify or on some more words.😀☺️☺️☺️☺️☺️

  9. Outstanding tropic mam..plz upload some more intresting videos like this to improve my pronouciation.
    Than you very much mam

  10. It would be helpful and much appreciated having a list with the exceptions, because it's not always like you explained, However, Thanks a lot for the tips, really nice videos!!! Keep going 😉

  11. Or you can simply watch this video for a real phonetic explanation of how to stress words in English.

  12. I loved your vedios 😍 ❤ dear cuz. Now i found the way to pronounce the word correctly. Before i was confused amogest the words before

  13. Thank you very much your methode is so clear and nice please i need the rul
    nouns and verbs with 3 syllabes

  14. the suffix "-able is an stress-preserving suffix, it means that after adding the suffix, the stress is still on the same syllable it was before. 'misery- 'miserable, therefore it is not always stressed the syllable before the suffix able

  15. HI, i do appreciate your lectures . good attempt. but at places i do dare differ. in the previous lecture you mentioned the words ( nouns)comprising two syllables, first syllable is stressed but what about "July"? is not the second syllable stressed here? and in this lecture you claimed the words ending at suffixes –able , first syllable is stressed. In the first place, in durable i dont think able is a suffix coz in that case what about "du" what is it? and what about "desirable " here second syllable is stressed not the first one???? Toqir Naqvi

  16. Thank you so much mam , its very usefull video . God bless you . Kindly make videos on prefixes pronounciation like suffixes . I shall be very thankfull to you .

  17. As you have pronounced 'cassette', the stress falls on 's'? How can you justify that?
    Same thing goes with 'cartoon'

  18. Ceema, your classification of suffixes does not sound right. Typically a suffix should be an addition to an already complete word. The woro durable cannot be seperated as ‘dur’ ‘able’
    I would rather call them word endings and avoid calling them suffixes.

  19. Thanks, Mam…..I do learn many things from your videos,,,,,,,

    And there's a question Mam….
    What if the suffix-cy has only two syllables-juicy,,,,,, which one should be stressed?

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