Word Stress in English | How to Pronounce… ✅

Hello I’m Emma from mmmEnglish! So tell me, do you know how to pronounce these words? Really? How do you know? These words are nouns but they’re also verbs. And they’re pronounced differently depending on the type of word that they are. So right now it’s impossible to know how to pronounce these words correctly. The great news is that there are some simple rules that will help you to pronounce these words correctly when you do use them. Yeah. Simple English rules! Yes! And I’ll go over them with lots of examples during this lesson today. But first, let me explain why word stress is important in spoken English. English is a stressed language. Words are stressed when spoken because they’re important. So when we speak, we speak those words more clearly. They’re the important words, they must be heard for the sentence to be understood. But if the word has more than one syllable, there will be one syllable that is pronounced more clearly than the others – at least one. Syllables are stressed differently and it’s actually a really important part of speech so it’s something you need to know. Not only does word stress give English its rhythm, but it also helps native speakers to identify words. If you use the wrong word stress in English, you could be pronouncing a completely different word than the one you mean to. And that can be pretty confusing for someone listening to you. And when you’re listening to a native English speaker, recognising what words are stressed will help you to understand the meaning more easily too. So if you’ve been telling yourself that word stress doesn’t matter, think again. As I said, there are some simple rules that I’ll teach you in this lesson today to help you to correctly and confidently stress words in English. So let’s get our words back on screen. So you’ll notice that all of these words have two syllables. Now as a general rule most two-syllable English nouns are stressed on the first syllable. It’s a general rule but it’s true most of the time. By the way, that’s also true for adjectives, most two-syllable adjectives are stressed on the first syllable too. And most two-syllable verbs are stressed on the second syllable. There are exceptions but this is true most of the time and that my friends, is a really useful pronunciation tip. Nouns. Verbs. Easy! Let’s look a little more closely at the first word. As a noun, the stress is on the first syllable. As a verb, the stress is on the second syllable. So listen. Can you hear the difference there? Say it with me. See if you can pronounce the difference. Now specifically, word stress affects the vowels in English. It’s the vowel sounds that are different when you are stressing and unstressing syllables. Stress syllables have a stronger vowel sound while unstressed syllables reduce down. And you’ll notice this through all of the examples that I teach in this lesson. So while you master the pronunciation of stressed syllables today, you’ll also practise vowel reductions for all the unstressed syllables too. As the value of the stock decreased, we noticed a decrease in revenue. The same stress pattern is used for ‘increase’ as well. One really great way to practise the correct pronunciation of English words is by listening to audiobooks while you’re reading the actual physical book. You’ll learn lots of new words in context and hear the correct pronunciation too. You’ve heard me talk about Audible before because I love listening to books. I can do it anywhere, while I’m running, while I’m driving, I’m on the train. Or I’m doing really mundane tasks like grocery shopping And listening to your favourite English books is such a great way to improve your listening and your speaking skills. So sign up to Audible using the link in the description below and you’ll get your first audiobook absolutely free! I’ve recommended a few books in the description as well so make sure you check them out and let me know what you think. Next example. The vowel sound is strong in the stressed syllable, remember? And then the vowel sound in the unstressed syllable reduces. We forgot to bring her birthday present. We will present the findings to the professor tomorrow. There was a strange glowing object above the stage. If you object to our decisions, you need to suggest alternatives. Our football players are all rejects from other teams. My boss will probably reject our suggestion to have our monthly meeting at the pub. Probably, but it’s worth the shot. They signed the contract yesterday. The villages may contract the virus by drinking water from the river. Do you have any idea what’s causing the conflict? The neighbour’s story conflicts with the story that Paul gave us. There’s lots of fresh produce available at the market. Can you produce any evidence that proves you’re innocent? Now some native English speakers pronounce the stressed vowel there slightly differently but it’s always stressed. Do you know if they’ve received government funding for that project? During the celebrations, the community projected historical photos on the church building. Do you keep a record of the number of tourists that visit this place each year? You need to visit the police station so that they can record your details. Peter runs a business that collects refuse from local cafes and businesses. ‘Refuse’ is a more formal way of saying rubbish or garbage. The protesters are refusing to exit the building. Okay we’ve been through plenty of examples here but there are many more examples of these types of words where the noun and the verb are spelled exactly the same but pronounced differently. Can you think of any others? Gosh I’m thinking of so many already like If you can think of any others, then please add them into the comments under this video. Try to write a sentence with these words. If you do that and everyone else does that, we’ll end up with hundreds of sentences to practise with together. So write your sentence and then practise saying it out loud. You have to practise out loud because stress is only important in spoken English. I hope you enjoyed the lesson. If you did, make sure you tell me, give it a like and subscribe to my channel. Come and join me and my mmmEnglish learners. We practise here together every week. Keep practising your spoken English in either of these two videos here and I’ll see you in the next lesson!

100 thoughts on “Word Stress in English | How to Pronounce… ✅

  1. Hey gang! I hope you enjoy this lesson 😃I mentioned how useful audiobooks are to improve your pronunciation and speaking skills 💪 I've added a list of books I recommend in the description of this video! Choose one and get it for FREE from Audible 😍👉http://www.audibletrial.com/mmmEnglish

  2. love from India emma 🙏 you are a revolutionary teacher…..keep it up..it is my humble request to you that please make more videos on pronunciation

  3. I get very happy, just by seeing your beauty and all the great lessons you present, I wish all the success to you! from Brazil!

  4. I really like u videos… for the first time i found the best teacher which i need the most.. thank u soo much for teaching us so wel Al hamdu lillah…. these all the things that i wanted… bcs i just want to improve me english skil (spoken) …

  5. Thanks darling. What I am doing to help me is to check good on-line dictionaries like Cambridge.
    It brings the word audio pronountiation with British and North American accent.
    I also check the spelling and write in different collor the stressed syllable.

  6. You and your lessons deserve countless likes. These simple rules worth more than gold. The difference between them is very little but it increases the vocabulary just by a stress.

  7. Hai Emma madam. You are so good in english. It does not surprise me. But I am astounded at your simplicity and humbleness. How could you be so.

  8. Love u mam….for this great n comprehensible lesson.M from India-Imphal,Thank u for lesson on the stress syllable for non native speakers.Its very good n so do ur lovly expression
    Plz do walk in for stress on four n five or larger syllables.I m eagerly waiting to find u here.Thank u.

  9. I want to you ask if you can make a video some pronunciations no stressed syllables as pronouns, articles, adjective etc… Because it's very important to understand english when hear.
    I hope you understand me, I am a beginner in english language

  10. 👌👏👏👏👏👏👍. Please do make a video on / over word stress using a big paragraph in which we come across all parts of speech and come to know about word stress of each part of speech in the paragraph.

  11. mam
    in this time I am a student of ielts program. so how to improve my English language and speaking?
    plz suggest me? 😁

  12. You made a revolution in my mind . I knew the vocabulary but I had no idea about how the stress of words was important . So thank you , Emma !

  13. 1#The convict was finally freed from his so-called crime.
    2#The man was convicted of vandalism.

    3#You should teach your children to maintain good conduct.
    4#He has been conducting his own business for a long.

    5#At the end of the course, you will be provided with a certificate.
    6#This English course will certificate you to teach English at basic level.

    7#The video game is not appropriate for un deraged children.
    8#No one thought such an honest man like him would ever misappropriate the money he was trusted with.

  14. Thank you for the great lesson. Do you recommend an app where I can find where I should stress the word in an easy way? I've found this app: Word Stress. what do you think?

  15. you are the best teacher and above all when you say ,mmmenglish followed by a smile ,so that is worth million dollars

  16. I know how to pronounce the noun and the verb of the same word, but not the stress.Now I know the trick. You 're amazing.Anyway, one more word for you ' insult '.Cherrio, take care. Bye for now.

  17. Console (n) – input / output interface in programming, and also refers to xbox, Sega, etc.
    Console (v) – to give moral support to someone

    Actually, I have been mispronouncing these two words for years, thanks for the lesson, I'll keep practicing!
    Btw, even in my native (Russian) language I often do mistakes when stressing words, which is a bit ridiculous 😀

  18. Hi Emma Thank you so much; I think my English has increased a lot, since I started to follow your classes
    . kisses from Colombia.

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