In the English audio training below, I have included 10 multisyllabic words that students often have trouble saying confidently. I’m asked how certain multisyllabic words are said, and in English this is fair enough!
There are a few things to consider:
Firstly, there is spelling to consider- is the word said how it’s spelled? Which syllables are stressed, and which said with a weak form vowel – the schwa vowel? How is the stressed syllable pronounced? Does it have 2 or more consonants said together in a consonant cluster? These have to be practised, and said smoothly without leaving sounds out. How do I say the word with the correct intonation?
So many things to consider!
English AUDIO training- Say these 10 multisyllabic words with confidence
They approached the problem practically.
The boss’ organisational skills were sorely lacking.
The prerequisite for entry into the college course, was a high mark in chemistry.
familiar /fəˈmɪl.i.ər/ US /fəˈmɪl.i.jɚ/ Australia /fəˈmɪl.i.jər/
Your face looks familiar, but I can’t remember where I know you from.
He’s a bad influence on her, because he’s always stealing things.
The treasure was buried beneath the castle.
context /ˈkɒn.tekst/ US /ˈkɑːn.tekst/
They quoted the comment out of context, and lost the original meaning.
encouragement /ɪnˈkʌr.ɪdʒ.mənt/ US /ɪnˈkɝː.ɪdʒ.mənt/
She received lots of encouragement from her peers and teachers.
certainty /ˈsɜː.tən.ti/ US /ˈsɝː.tən.ti/
Can you predict the outcome with certainty?
implemented /ˈɪm.plɪ.mentd/ US /ˈɪm.plə.mentd/
The policy was implemented without any opposition.
For more training on saying multisyllabic words with confidence click here.
Best wishes, Esther