"If you wish good advice, consult an old man
با سلام خدمت شما عزیزان!
ممنون که به جامعه ی مجازی زبان تشریف اوردید!
این جامعه ی مدرن با خدماتی از قبیل دانلود کتاب های الکترونیکی و اصطلاح های عامیانه انگلیسی و همینطور مطالب زیبا و پند اموز به همراه شعر های جذاب انگلیسی و متون کاملا انگلیسی به همراه متون دو زبانه (انگلیسی به همراه ترجمه به فارسی) و... محیطی کاملا اموزشی را برای علاقه مندان به این زبان بین المللی فراهم آورده است.
اکنون به خود می بالیم و افتخار می کنیم که تونستیم محیطی آموزشی ولی جذاب را فراهم آوریم تا شما عزیزان ضمن مدرنیزه کردن احساسات و رفتارتان با کمک گرفتن از زبان انگلیسی ، زبان انگلیسی را به عنوان زبان دوم به خود بشناسانید!
به امید اینکه با نقطه نظراتتان و همینطور از همه مهمتر انتقادات و پیشنهادات خود مارا در بهبود این جامعه ی مدرن یاری فرمایید!
مدیر وبلاگ : موسسه زبان و پیش دبستانی پرهام
Word stress is your magic key to understanding spoken English. Native speakers of English use word stress naturally. Word stress is so natural for them that they don't even know they use it. Non-native speakers who speak English to native speakers without using word stress, encounter two problems:
In this lesson we look at the most important aspects of word stress, followed by a short quiz to check your understanding:
Word Stress in English - short guide
To understand word stress, it helps to understand syllables.
Notice that (with a few rare exceptions) every syllable contains at least one vowel (a, e, i, o or u) or vowel sound.
In English, we do not say each syllable with the same force or strength. In one word, we accentuate ONE syllable. We say one syllable very loudly (big, strong, important) and all the other syllables very quietly.
Let's take 3 words: photograph, photographer and photographic. Do they sound the same when spoken? No. Because we accentuate (stress) ONE syllable in each word. And it is not always the same syllable. So the shape of each word is different.
This happens in ALL words with 2 or more syllables: TEACHer, JaPAN, CHINa, aBOVE, converSAtion, INteresting, imPORtant, deMAND, etCETera, etCETera, etCETera
The syllables that are not stressed are ‘weak’ or ‘small’ or ‘quiet’. Native speakers of English listen for the STRESSED syllables, not the weak syllables. If you use word stress in your speech, you will instantly and automatically improve your pronunciation and your comprehension.
Try to hear the stress in individual words each time you listen to English - on the radio, or in films for example. Your first step is to HEAR and recognise it. After that, you can USE it!
There are two very important rules about word stress:
Word stress is not used in all languages. Some languages, Japanese or French for example, pronounce each syllable with eq-ual em-pha-sis.
Other languages, English for example, use word stress.
Word stress is not an optional extra that you can add to the English language if you want. It is part of the language! English speakers use word stress to communicate rapidly and accurately, even in difficult conditions. If, for example, you do not hear a word clearly, you can still understand the word because of the position of the stress.
Think again about the two words photograph and photographer. Now imagine that you are speaking to somebody by telephone over a very bad line. You cannot hear clearly. In fact, you hear only the first two syllables of one of these words, photo... Which word is it, photograph or photographer? Of course, with word stress you will know immediately which word it is because in reality you will hear either PHOto... or phoTO... So without hearing the whole word, you probably know what the word is ( PHOto...graph or phoTO...grapher). It's magic! (Of course, you also have the 'context' of your conversation to help you.)
This is a simple example of how word stress helps us understand English. There are many, many other examples, because we use word stress all the time, without thinking about it.
There are some rules about which syllable to stress. But...the rules are rather complicated! Probably the best way to learn is from experience. Listen carefully to spoken English and try to develop a feeling for the "music" of the language.
When you learn a new word, you should also learn its stress pattern. If you keep a vocabulary book, make a note to show which syllable is stressed. If you do not know, you can look in a dictionary. All dictionaries give the phonetic spelling of a word. This is where they show which syllable is stressed, usually with an apostrophe (') just before or just after the stressed syllable. (The notes at the front of the dictionary will explain the system used.) Look at (and listen to) this example for the word plastic. There are 2 syllables. Syllable #1 is stressed.
There are two very simple rules about word stress:
Here are some more, rather complicated, rules that can help you understand where to put the stress. But do not rely on them too much, because there are many exceptions. It is better to try to "feel" the music of the language and to add the stress naturally.
1 Stress on first syllable
2 Stress on last syllable
3 Stress on penultimate syllable (penultimate = second from end)
4 Stress on ante-penultimate syllable (ante-penultimate = third from end)
5 Compound words (words with two parts)