American English Syllable Stress Rules

American English Syllable Stress Rules

3 Easy Rules for Syllable Stress

3 Easy Rules for Syllable Stress

One of the most important skills that I teach my accent reduction coaching clients is how to use syllable stress.

That’s because if you don’t stress syllables correctly, Americans won’t understand what you’re saying.

3 easy rules for using syllable stress

Here are 3 easy rules for using the correct syllable stress when you speak.

1. Stress compound nouns on the first part. When you speak, emphasize the first part of the word.

  • NEWSpaper
  • HARD drive
  • LAPtop
  • PARKway
  • CELL phone
2. Stress compound verbs  on the second part of the word.
  • overDUE
  • overDONE
  • stressed OUT
  • underSTAND

3. Stress phrasal verbs on the second part of the word.

  • log OUT
  • sign IN
  • work OUT
  • come OVER

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Learning to use syllable stress will help you speak clearly

This may seem like a simple rules. But most non native speakers of American English never learned to stress words this way.

Research shows that learning to use syllable stress is one of the most effective ways to make your speech sound clear to other people.

Get a coach to learn and practice American syllable stress

Once you learn to use syllable stress like we do in North America, you’ll find that people WILL understand you.

I teach my accent reduction coaching clients to using syllable stress like we do in North America. Learning to speak with the correct syllable stress will allow you to make HUGE improvements in the way you speak.

I guarantee it!

About the author

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