American English pronunciation is complicated.
There are many features to consider studying:
- vowel sounds
- consonant sounds
- syllable stress
But it you want to make your words sound clear to Americans as fast as possible, I recommend that you start by learning the rules for syllable stress.
In American English every word with multiple syllables has a stressed syllable.
Stressed syllables are emphasized.
The vowels in stressed syllables are long and strong.
Native speakers listen for syllable stress
Native speakers need to hear stressed syllables in order to understand words.
Here’s my first example
Americans expect most two syllable nouns to be stressed on the first syllable.
Not on the second syllable, on the FIRST syllable.
When you stress the first syllable in the words below you’ll sound clear to Americans.
Stress the vowel in the first syllable. Reduce the vowel sound in the second syllable.
Here’s my second example
Compound nouns have the same pattern. However, the second syllable is not quite as reduced.
When you stress the first syllable in compound nouns you’ll sound clear to Americans.
American English pronunciation is complicated
If you work in the US or Canada, you need to make your words sound clear to Americans.
For most of you, learning to use American English syllable stress is your FIRST STEP toward clear speech.
I can show you how
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My training programs will teach you how speak in a manner that sounds clear to Americans.