what is a stressed syllable?

So, you’ve all heard of stress, right? I’m not talking about the emotional/mental strain caused by our hectic modern lives. I’m talking about word and sentence stress. No? I’ll tell you… stress is when you emphasise different parts of a word.

Why is it important? Stressing different words, letters or syllables can alter the meaning of a word or sentence and could cause confusion. As if pronunciation wasn’t hard enough without throwing ‘stress’ into the mix!

It’s not that difficult once you get the hang of it. Don’t stress about stress, check out the videos below to help give you a better understanding.

Check out the homographs section to practice syllable stress.