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English Pronunciation. Sentence Stress. By Ruth Wickham, Training Fellow, IPGKDRI. For people to understand your English. stress can be more important than pronunciation. The MEANING is in the Stress. To CORRECT information. To CHECK information. The Meaning is in the Stress.

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English pronunciation

English Pronunciation

Sentence Stress

By Ruth Wickham, Training Fellow, IPGKDRI


English pronunciation

For people to understand your English

stress can be more important than pronunciation.


The meaning is in the stress

The MEANING is in the Stress

To CORRECT information

To CHECK information


English pronunciation

The

Meaning

is in the

Stress

For example


One sentence different meanings

One Sentence, Different Meanings

  • Are you going to eat THAT?

    [Meaning: it’s so big! / it’s disgusting!]

  • Are you going to EAT that?

    [Meaning: I’m not sure that it’s really ‘food’!]

  • Are YOU going to eat that?

    [Meaning: I thought you bought it for me!]

  • ARE you going to eat that?

    [Meaning: you are sitting here just looking ...]


English is stress timed rather than syllable timed

English is stress-timed rather than syllable-timed

Chinese Rhythm

English Rhythm


Stress timed language

Stress-Timed Language

  • Dogs chase cats

  • The dogs chase cats

  • The dogs chase the cats

  • The dogs will chase the cats

  • The dogs will be chasing the cats


Beat and rhythm

♫Beat and Rhythm ♫

I was talking to Brian when I ran into Sue.

I was waiting for Jack when I saw Mary Lou.

They were cleaning the house when I knocked at the door.

He was dusting a lamp when it fell on the floor.

She was learning to drive when I met her last May.

She was buying a car when I saw her today.


English pronunciation

She felt very happy when she left the store, she had never bought a computer before.


English pronunciation

She

FELT very

HAPpy when she

LEFT the

STORE, she had

NEver

BOUGHT a com-

-PUTer be-

-FORE


English pronunciation

He felt very nervous when he knocked on the door. He had never gone out on a date before.


English pronunciation

he FELT very

NERvous when he

KNOCKED on the

DOOR.

he had NEver gone OUT on a DATE be-FORE.


English pronunciation

She felt very weak and her throat was sore. She had never had the ‘flu before.


English pronunciation

She FELT

very WEAK

and herTHROAT

was SORE.

She had NE-ver

HAD

the ‘FLU

be-FORE.


English pronunciation

He felt very proud when his guests asked for more. He had never baked a pie before.


English pronunciation

He FELT

very PROUD when his GUESTS asked

for MORE.

He had NEVER

BAKED

a PIE

be--FORE.


English pronunciation

She felt very foolish when her food hit the floor. She had never eaten with chopsticks before.


English pronunciation

She FELT

very FOOL-ish

when her FOOD hit

the FLOOR.

She had NEV-er

EAT-en

with CHOP-sticks

be--FORE.


English pronunciation

He looked very scared when it started to roar. He had never been close to a lion before.


English pronunciation

He LOOKED

very SCARED

when it START-ed

to ROAR.

He had NEV-er

been CLOSE

to a LI-on

be--FORE.


English pronunciation

She was very annoyed when he started to snore. He had never made so much noise before.


English pronunciation

She was VER-y

an-NOYED

when he START-ed

to SNORE.

He had NEV-er

MADE

so much NOISE

be--FORE.


English pronunciation

He was very surprised when he opened the drawer. He had never seen so much money before.


English pronunciation

He was VER-y

sur--PRISED

when he OP-ened

the DRAWER.

He had NEV-er

SEEN

so much MON-ey

be--FORE.


Contact

Contact

Ruth Wickham: ruth.wickham@gmail.com

Website: http://acollectionofteslresources.weebly.com


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