Accent tag videos Listening

Accent tag videos to improve your speaking

While trying to improve my English accent I came across a very useful resource that you can also benefit from.
I want to introduce you to the Accent tag videos
 
Accent tag videos
 

What Are The Accent Tag Videos?

The “Accent tag” is a way to group videos where English speakers show how their accents sound.

In these videos, English speakers show how their English accent is by:
Reading a list of given words.
Answering to some given questions.
Reading a passage of a book.
Talking about anything they like.

The accent tag videos are indeed a very useful resource. Plenty of different English accents ready for you to be checked out!

 

Where To Find Accent Tag Videos?

Here are some links to Accent tag videos:
Accent Tag: British accent
Accent Tag: American accent
Accent Tag: Australian accent
Accent Tag: New Zeland accent

You can find more videos like these looking up at “Accent tag videos” on:
Google
YouTube
Tumblr

 

Why Are Accent Tag Videos So Valuable?

This kind of videos are a tailor made resource if you want to improve:

Your Listening skill:
Because they are going to help you to train your ear to different English accents.

Your Speaking skill:
Because they are a very good resource in order to find your specific English accent reference.Read more about that in my post: How to improve your English accent faster.

Now, is time for you to check out all these videos!

 
Which English accent do you like best?
Which one you don’t like at all?
Would you like to recommend us any other good Accent tag videos?
All your comments are very welcome!!!

 

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How to master sentence stress

3/9 post of the series “The 9 basic pillars to speak English well

For native English speakers to stress the correct words in a sentence is not a big deal.They don’t even have to think about it because they do it unconsciously.

I bet that if you ask an English speaker to tell you “The basic rules of sentence stress”, he or she’s going to answer you   “Well… hum…sorry…I don’t know. I just do it!

It’s the same for you in your native tongue. You don’t plan beforehand how you are going to stress a given sentence. You don’t ask for a minute to prepare your speaking.
You just speak and don’t even know the rules you use to stress words in a sentence because it’s quite natural for you.
 
How to master sentence stress

 

The Most Important Rule About Sentence Stress

We, English learners, didn’t have the change to be in contact with the English language since our childhood.
Then it’s not obvious for us to know how to stress the correct words in a sentence.

The first rule and the most important one is
Forget about applying the patterns you use in your native tongue into English.
It’s the most common mistakes between English learners.

When you speak in English you have to forget about any other language that you speak. You have to switch your brain, mouth and ears to English mode.

 

How To Stress Sentences In English

First of all, you need to clearly differentiate in every sentence between Important words (content words) and non important words (function words).

Content words are…

  • Nouns
  • Verbs
  • Adjectives
  • Adverts
  • Negative contractions (won’t, can’t, isn’t)

Function words are…

  • Articles
  • Pronouns
  • prepositions
  • Auxiliary verbs

You usually have to stress content words and not stress (or even distress) function words.

The bigger stress is on the last content word of a sentence. This word is also called the focus word.

This is what makes English to sound like it sounds.  And because you don’t do that your English maybe does’t sound good.

Some easy examples…

  • I LIKE your CAR.
  • My FRIEND is LIVING in LONDON.
  • I’d LIKE to BUY a COMPUTER.

As you can se as a basic rule you stress important words (nouns, verbs…) and you don’t stress or distress non important words (pronouns,prepositions…)
 

Breaking The Rules Of Sentence Stress

When you speak you always want to convey a certain meaning. Sometimes you are going to break the rules above in order to be able to convey a specific meaning.

I’m going to show this with an example.

As you are going to see, even thought I told you that the strees is usually in the last content word of a sentence, if you want or need to convey a diferent meaning you can stress other words in a sentence (even function words)

Imagine that you meet a  friend (who’s a little deaf) and you are talking about his new car…

Dialogue Explanation
You: “I like your CAR. This is the common stress pattern of the sentence. You stress the last focus words of the sentence “car”
Him: “What car do you like?”
You: “I like YOUR car.” you are stressing a content word but you do that because you want your friend to understand that it’s his car that you like and not another one’s car.
Him: “What do you think about my new car?”
You: “I LIKE your car.” Here you stress the verb that is a focus word but not the last one, because you want to make quite clear that you LIKE your friend’s car.
Him: “Who do you say that likes my car?”
You: “I like your car.” This because you want to make quite clear that’s you and not another one who likes your friend’s car.

 

3 basic steps to improve your sentence stress

If you follow the next 3 basic steps for a while, you are going to end stressing sentence naturally almost like native English speakers do.

1) Learn the basic sentence stress rules that are going to help you to stress words correctly in sentences.
2) Practice and apply consciously these rules into basic sentences.
3) After a lot of work, you’re going to forget them because you are going stress sentences correctly.

 

And Remember…

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What To Do Next…

The 9 basic pillars to speak English well
– How to master English pronunciation … Coming soon!
How to master word stress
– How to master the Schwa sound … Coming soon!
How to master English intonation
How to master connected speech
How to master English contractions
– How to master thought groups … Coming soon!
– How to master Word Ending pronunciation

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How to master word stress

2/9 post of the series “The 9 basic pillars to speak English well

 
In English like in other languages you need to know how to stress words correctly.

Even if your English pronunciation is perfect, if you don’t master word stress, I can assure you that native English speakers are going to fight a lot in order to understand you.
In English there are no written accents in words (like you can find in other languages) and then you have to know or guess where to stress every word.

Let’s see how to stress words correctly…

How to master word stress

 

Why Is Word Stress So Important?

Before sharing with you some basic rules to help you master word stress, I want to make sure that you are really aware about how important is to stress words correctly in English.

Here is an example to show you that:

– Example 1:
Imagine that your pronunciation is not very good, but you stress words correctly like that…

“I woke up at seven because I wanted to arrive at the meeting on time. But sadly because of a traffic jam, I’m still driving.”

– Example 2:
Now imagine that your pronunciation is perfect, but you stress words incorrectly like that…

“I woke up at seven because I wanted to arrive at the meeting on time but sadly because of a traffic jam, I’m still driving.”

In the first example, as you stress words correctly, English speakers are going to understand you even if your pronunciation is not perfect.
But in the second example, I can guarantee you that it’s going to be very difficult to understand you because you stress words incorrectly, even if your pronunciation is good.
As you can see, it’s even difficult to read the second sentence because it doesn’t sound natural at all.

That being said, I think that if you didn’t, now you do agree with methat word stress is a must if you want to speak English well.

Let’s now take a look to some rules that are going to help you to stress words correctly.

 

How To Use These Rules?

In my humble opinion it doesn’t matter if you don’t know how to stress uncommon English words like the next ones…

  • Phlyarologist
  • Apanthropinization
  • Pseudisodomous

But in the other hand it does matter a lot to know how to stress basic and very common words like for example…

  • Phrasal verbs: Make up, Find out…
  • Compound words:  Hardware, Basketball…
  • Proper nouns: New York, North Dakota…
  • Abbreviations: FBI, CIA…

I’m going to share with you some of the most important rules about word stressing.
I don’t want you to learn these rules by heart. You just have to use them as a guide to improve how you stress words.
Use the next rules whenever you don’t know how to stress a particular word.

 

Basic Rules To Master Word Stress

Let’s see some basic rules that are going to help you to stress most words correctly…

1. Two syllable nouns, adjectives and adverbs
Rule: You usually stress the first syllable Examples: Teacher, Student, Sunday, Market, Paper, Brother, Sister
2. Two syllable verbs
Rule: You usually stress the last syllable
Examples:  To receive, To admit, To record, To relax
3. Compound noums
Rule: You usually stress the first word
Examples:  Seafood, Iceland, Classroom, Software, Homework, Football
4. Compound adjectives
Rule: You usually stress the second word
Examples:  Bad-tempered, Old-fashioned, hard-headed
5. Compound verbs
Rule: You usually stress the second word
Examples:  To understand, To overflow, To overlook
6. Phrasal verbs
Rule: You usually stress the second word (preposition)
Examples: To run out, To call off, To break down,  To wake up
7. 2 words proper noums
Rule: You usually stress the second word
Examples: New York, North Dakota,  Mr. Smith,
8. Abbreviations
Rule: You usually stress the last letter
Examples: FBI, CIA
…How to stress 3 or more syllable words
Let’s talk about how to stress these kind of words in an upcoming post…

 
Very important note
As you can see, I always say “You USUALLY stress…”.
I say “usually” because these rules don’t work for all 100% of the words,  but they work most of the times.

 

As Always…Exceptions To The Rules

At some time some doubts are going to show up…

– Doubt 1:
“George, you told me that two syllable nouns are stressed in the first syllable and I heard “record” instead of “record” can you explain that?”

Answer: Be careful with heteronyms. There are words that can be either a noun or a verb. When they are used as a noun you stress the first syllable. When they are used as a verb you stress the last syllable. Ex: “a record” (noun) and “to record” (verb)

 
– Doubt 2:
“George, you also told me that compound nouns are stressed  in the first word but I hear “ black bird” instead of “ Blackbird” can you explain me that too?”

Answer: Be careful with “compound nouns” versus “Adjective + Noun”. Compound nouns are stressed on the first word. But sometimes instead of a compound noun you have an adjective + noun. In this case you have to stress the noun.

Compound noun Adjective + Noun
The Whitehouse
(the house of the president of the US)
A white house
(a house that’s painted in white)
A Blackbird
(a specific genre of bird)
A black bird
(a bird with black feathers)
Slimboy
(someone’s nickname)
A slim boy
(a boy that is slim)

 

And Remember…

How to master word stress_

 

What To Do Next…

The 9 basic pillars to speak English well
– How to master English pronunciation … Coming soon!
– How to master sentence stress … Coming soon!
– How to master the Schwa sound … Coming soon!
How to master English intonation
How to master connected speech
How to master English contractions
– How to master thought groups … Coming soon!
– How to master Word Ending pronunciation

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