Applying the principles of word stress is a constant battle for many. Our Speech Coach, Chris Nkwocha, has some tips on how to achieve stress while you speak:
Steps to Achieve Stress
1. Recognize that polysyllabic words have loud and faint parts.
2. Loud syllables are given full pronunciation. This means that the vowels and consonants in a loud syllable are said clearly.
3. Faint syllables are given part or partial pronunciation. This means that we don’t use all the letters in a faint syllable.
4. We drop or reduce the vowel sound in a faint syllable and say just the consonants.
Formula for Achieving Stress
Loud Syllable = Consonant + Vowel = Full Pronunciation
Faint Syllable = Consonants only = partial Pronunciation.
Examples to Help you Achieve Stress
Comfortable = com for ta ble Comfortable = com f t bl = comftbl
Consonant = con so nant Consonant = con s n’nt = consn’nt
Handsome = hand some Handsome = han s’m = hans’m
Pronounce = pro nounce Pronounce = pr nounce = prnounce
Mistake = mis take Mistake = m’s take = m’stake
Neutral = neu tral Neutral = neu trl = neutrl
Method = me thod Method = me th’d = meth’d
Comment = com ment Comment = com m’nt = com’nt
Command = com mand Command = c’mand = c’mand
Comment = com ment Comment = c’ment = c’ment