Correct stress is key for saying long words clearly when speaking American English.
In English, stress manifests itself as a combination of higher pitch, longer duration and higher volume.
Other languages may or may not be making use of all these features. Even if they do, they might do so in a different way. For example, my native language only uses duration and volume to show stress, while pitch is reserved for expressing extreme emotions.
In the meantime, stress is key for sounding clear and expressive when it comes to pronouncing longer words.
In my step-by-step self-help technique, I unravel what we, learners of English, can do to automate the pronunciation of any longer word we need, so we never stumble over that ‘superfluous regulatory process’ in a Zoom call or a brick-and-mortar meeting ever again.
1. Identify your target vocabulary. Ten to twenty words would be about right for a start.
2. Get clear about what vowel sounds occur in your target word and see which ones have primary and secondary stress. If unsure, look the word up in a good dictionary.
3. Apply Nat Ruden’s self-help technique to get the results you want – watch the video above!
4. Be sure to practice saying the word 50-60 times, record yourself and compare how you sound to the dictionary pronunciation until the right pronunciation becomes completely effortless.
5. Make spontaneous sentences with your target words, so you can practice pronouncing them in context.
Let me know how you did in the comments!