by Ela Britchkow, Speech and Language Pathologist
Clear English Speech accent reduction software program guides people to choose the right syllable on which to place stress while speaking. You need to know first:
What is a Syllable?
Knowing how to divide words into syllables can greatly help with your spelling and reading skills as well as your ability to pronounce words correctly.
Look at where the vowels fall in your word. Every syllable will have a vowel, but may not always have a consonant (b, c, d, f, g, h, j, k, l m, n, p, q, r, s, t, v, w, x, y, z).
Identify any prefix in a word. Prefixes are sets of letters added to the beginning of a word to give it a specific meaning. The most common prefixes are “un” and “re”. Other prefixes include: a (atypical) ante, auto, circum, co, de, dis, ex, extra, hetero, homo, hyper, inter, intro, macro, micro, non, post, pre, sub, super, trans, tri, uni.
Many words don’t have prefixes. If your word doesn’t have a prefix, don’t worry about this step.
Identify any suffix of a word. Suffixes are like prefixes, but they are added to the end of the word to make them mean something different. Here are some examples of suffixes: ic, ical, ify, omy, emetry, ive, ity, tion, ious, ily, eous, able, ible, ophy, grapy, ogist, cian, istry.
Draw a line before the suffix of a word. If your word has both a prefix and suffix, you should have two lines drawn in your word so far.
Divide any compound words. If there are two separate words have been put together, draw a line between them.
Draw lines in the remaining chunks according to vowel placement. If you have a section of letters with multiple vowels that are separated by consonants, divide it so that there is at least one vowel in each segment. For example “ad | min | is | tra |tion.”
Syllable Division Rules
Hear the list of words divided into syllables below:
Are you repeatedly asked, “What?” or “Can you say that again?”
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