- Every word is made up of one, two, three or more syllables.
- We don't say every syllable with the same force or stress.
- In each word, we say one syllable louder, stronger or with more emphasis than the others.
- The syllables that are not stressed are called weak, small or quiet.
- Native speakers of English listen for the stressed syllable in a word and not the weak syllables.
- If you practice and use word stress in your speech you can improve your pronunciation and comprehension.
- Listen carefully to the explanation about word stress by Dan below: