How do I know which syllable to stress?

You understand that using the correct syllable stress in critical.

However, knowing WHICH syllable to stress is not so easy.

In fact, one of the most common questions that people ask me is: Susan, how do I know which syllable to stress?

How to Learn American English Intonation Patterns

learn intonation patterns

In order to communicate effectively you must speak using the correct intonation patterns. Without intonation, your speech patterns may sound rather neutral (or even abrupt) to American listeners.

Speak American English clearly using pitch emphasis

Speak clearly using pitch emphasis

In order to speak clearly, you need to stress the most important words. You need to bring your listeners’ attention to the most important words in a sentence or phrase using a slight rise in pitch. I call this pitch emphasis.

How to repair breakdowns in communication

Focus words & pitch

How to repair breakdowns in communication One of the most effective techniques you can use to repair breakdowns in communication is this. Highlight the most important word in your message. When a conversation breaks down, identify the most important word in your message. We’ll call this the focus word. Say that word again using pitch emphasis […]