Quick Tip for Compound Nouns

Quick Tip for Compound Nouns

Here’s a quick & easy tip for pronouncing compound nouns correctly. ✔

When you are speaking American English, you need to stress compound nouns on the first syllable.

  • SOFTware
  • WEEKend
  • WORKforce
  • NEWSpaper
  • PRINTout (noun)

Most of the Hindi & Telegu speakers who I work with in my accent reduction coaching program don’t stress compound nouns correctly.

That’s because they never learned this rule!

Understanding the patterns

Once they understand that compound nouns are stressed (with pitch emphasis) on the first syllable, they do this correctly.

Well, after a bit of practice!

You must increase both the volume & the pitch on the first syllable order to get that “American” sound.

Understanding the rules

American English has specific rules for how to stress nouns & verbs.

This is one feature of American English that I cover thoroughly in my American Accent Training for Indians course.

I can show you how

If you’re a South Asian English speaker, follow the link below to take a free trial lesson.

This customized training program will teach you how to pronounce words and phrases in a way that Americans will understand!

About the author

Susan Ryan is an American English communication and accent reduction coach.