Introduction to English Word Stress: Exercise 1

Introduction to English Word Stress

All words of more than one syllable have what is called word stress. This means that at least one of the syllables is l o n g e r and louder than the other syllables.

In many cases, word stress must simply be learned as new vocabulary is acquired. However, there are several rules for word stress which can make it easier to deal with.

In this unit, you will learn these rules and practice hearing and predicting word stress.

Directions:
Listen to the audio clips. Which syllable is longer and louder than the others?