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


practically  /ˈpræk.tɪ.kəl.i/

They approached the problem practically.

organisational  /ˌɔr·ɡə·nəˈzeɪ·ʃə·nəl/

The boss’ organisational skills were sorely lacking.

prerequisite  /ˌpriːˈrek.wɪ.zɪt/ 

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.

influence   /ˈɪn.flu.əns/ 

He’s a bad influence on her, because he’s always stealing things.

buried  /ˈ

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

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