American Accent Rhythm: Syllable Contrast

American Accent Rhythm: Syllable Contrast

Jill Diamond: Hi everybody, it’s Jill Diamond and today I want to talk a little bit about the contrast between stressed and unstressed syllables.
Not only is it important to know how many syllables are in a word–like we did in a previous video on rhythm–but, it’s important to know which syllables are longer and which ones are shorter.
Let’s take the same four words that we practiced in our clapping video. In [one clap] into [two claps] integrate [three claps] and integration [four claps].
When I say them like that it’s unnatural. Integrate [three claps]. But I clap them in that way just to show you how many syllables there are. Integrate [three claps]. However, if I want to say that word correctly, one syllable has to be long and the other two need to be short.
Integrate. Integrate. Three syllables, one is long and two are short. Integrate.
Now let’s look at the four syllable word integration. Integration [four claps]. But I don’t say it that way. I say integration. Integration. And when I hit that ‘gra’ syllable, I make it long. Integration.
This is what we call syllable contrast. One syllable is long and the others are short. This is going to really help you emphasize your words correctly, emphasize your syllables.
Go ahead and start to listen for syllable contrast as you listen to native English speakers.
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