American English Syllable Stress Rules

American English Syllable Stress Rules

American English Syllable Stress Rules

American English Syllable Stress Rules

It’s been several months since I’ve written about the importance of syllable stress for a clear, standard American accent.

In my experience coaching hundreds of people to speak American English clearly, using syllable stress, word stress & intonation correctly are the most effective way to improve the way you speak.

American English stress patterns

Using American English stress patterns correctly is really important for anyone who wants to improve the way you speak American English.

What is syllable stress?

You may not be sure what I mean when I say “syllable stress” so I’ve embedded a short presentation on syllable stress in American English below.


This video lessons explains how to stress American English words using suffix based rules.

Learn the rules and learn to apply them

In myAmerican accent training programs I teach you the syllable stress rules that you need to use, if you want Americans to understand you.

My clients are often surprised with the positive changes in their accent once they begin to use syllable stress.

Recent comments include:

“The way you explain the pronunciation and the stress patterns using your “magic spelling” made all the difference for me.”

” You’ve helped me unlock the code for speaking American English. Now when I don’t know how to pronounce a word I tried to locate the stressed vowel sound. Using that strategy, I can usually figure out how to say the word.”

Get some instruction

I teach you the rules for syllable stress in all my American accent training programs. Check out what I have to offer, if you want to speak clear American English.

About the author

Susan Ryan is the author of the ConfidentVoice blog and an accent reduction coach.