How to improve your pronunciation with word stress – Part Three

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Do you have a problem with pronunciation? Do you know that word stress plays an important role in your pronunciation when you speak English?

Word stress is when one of the syllables is given more importance (stress) than the rest.

The stressed syllable can be:

  • louder
  • longer
  • higher pitched


For example:

  • SPEAK (one syllable)
  • SPEAking (two syllables)

So maybe you speak English well, but you apply stress on different parts of a word. This may make it difficult for people to understand you.

In this week’s live session, I talk about word stress and share eight more words that are pronounced differently in British and American English due to word stress. If you missed Part One and Two of this three-part series, watch it here now: 


Watch the video of Part Three here.

Note: The examples for “learned” and “learnt” in the video are in the past tense, not past participle.

You can also listen to this session on SpotifyApple Podcasts or Google Podcasts.

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