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Syllable Stress + Pronunciation Practice | Months of the Year

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There are twelve (12) months of the year in the U.S. calendar, and the names of these twelve months offer a good opportunity to practice syllable stressing and de-stressing.

To speak with the music of English in your speech, you must stress certain syllables in words.

Stress

That means that one syllable in each word will be:

  1. longer
  2. louder
  3. higher in pitch

De-stress

In addition to stressing, we often de-stress certain syllables in words. That means, we say them:

  • quickly
  • weaker
  • very relaxed

Secondary

Some syllables are have a secondary stress, somewhere in the middle of stressed and de-stressed.

Example

We don’t give equal strength to all of the syllables when say the month “December” [Də SɛM bɝr].
But we:
  • de-stress the first syllable [də]
  • stress the second syllable [SɛM]
  • and pronounce the third syllable somewhere in the middle [bɚr]

Listen and Repeat

  • “December” [də  SɛM bɚr] (2x)
Did you hear how my voice was louder and higher on the second syllable?
  • “December” [də  SɛM bɚr]
Got it?
Let’s practice stressing and de-stressing syllables.

Listen and Repeat

  • January [DʒÆN  nyə  wey  riy]
  • February [ bruw ey riy] or sometimes said [Fɛ  byuw  ey  riy]
  • March [mɑrtʃ]
  • April [eY  prəɫ]
  • May [mey]
  • June [dʒuwn]
  • July [dʒə  LɑIY]
  • August [ɑW  gəst]
  • September [sɛp  TɛM  ɚr]
  • October [ɑwk  TOW  bɚr]
  • November [now  VɛM  bɚr]
  • December [də  SɛM  bɚr]
 

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9 comments

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  4. Thanks for your tutorial. I have a query here.

    How to identify stressing syllable, de stressing syllable and moderate syllable in all the words.

    Is there any procedure\formula to identify this…

    • That’s a great question, and I will address these rules in future lessons.

      There are some patterns which help you predict the pattern.

      Examples:
      The primary stress usually go right before these endings:
      -biOgraphy (-graphy)
      -terrIfic (-ic)

      The primary stress usually goes on these endings:
      -carEER (-eer)
      -JapanESE (-ese)

      Try to find the patterns when listening to native speakers and do some research. I’ll work on a lesson for you! 🙂

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