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Is there any rule to go by concerning stress and intonation in pronunciation?

Other than mesmerising them syllable by syllable for each word, is there any rule to go by?

For learning: Russian
Base language: English
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    Sorry, no rules for stresses. You need to look into dictionaries. Also not all russian know where are stresses, so..
    The intonations is not much different or any european language (roman or germanic) - rising up in questions and goes down in regular or exclamatory sentence.


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    russian is very-very (very-very-very) unshaped language. I'm seriously)) Because - like narrating russian intellectuals - russian language is very teen language as grammatical forms. And very difficult therefore. :)

    sorry, can i take some examples for you?
    so... russian words:
    1. "приобретать" - (one's of english form "acquire": one of them literal meaning) - forms by preposition "при" (means - near) + обретать (means "acquire" as meant in "have").
    2. Турки (Turks) - is form by Турция (Turkey), and it would be like турЦЫ - not турКИ (like in other language's cases), but in russian language ТурЦЫ - is erroneous form. турКИ only! There are no rules)) it's russian's feature :)
    Общих правил ударения в русском языке нет. Произношение зависит от состава предложения и ситуации. При изменении интонации может меняться смысл вопроса или утверждения.
    Простой пример. "Я иду домой". Если интонацией выделить слово "иду", то основной смысл предложения - способ передвижение. Если выделить слово "домой", то смысл - привлечь внимание на место, куда идёшь. Если выделить "Я" - указать на того, кто выполняет действие.
    Могу дать следующий совет: Не забивайте голову ненужными правилами. Если хотите выучить разговорный русский язык, лучше слушайте реальные разговоры носителей языка. Так вы привыкнете к правильному произношению и интонации, и вопрос снимется сам собой. Просите носителей языка произносить интересующие вас фразы, и слушайте интонацию. Многие носители языка просто не смогут объяснить, почему в словах нужно делать ударения именно так, а не подругому. Но при этом всё будут произносить правильно.
    Просто слушайте и запоминайте. Именно так маленькие дети учат свой родной язык.

    P.S. concerning russian language's stress and pronunciation: we don't make stress like english speaker (to substantives and verbs), yeah, but - if russian speaker will need to stress the importance in phrase - he will has been to do it. However, this is not common like in English.

    P.P.S. Russian language stress isn't like France or Finnish. It's so difficult, yeah. And "(Alexander) Pushkin" stressed like p-U-shkin, not pushk-I-n. But we often doing stress on root in the word. For example: "обесп-Е-ченность (means "wealth" in this case) - you have to stress on first "E" (russian), because root of this word is "обеспЕчен". To do stress is easier beside russian case (7 cases of Russian Language).


    There are a couple of rules as for the stress:
    1. ё is always stressed. So if you see ё in any word, you can be sure that the stress in this word will go on the syllable with ё.
    2. There are masculine nouns that in plural have ending -а or -я instead of -ы or -и. In such words when they are in plural form, the last syllable with a ending will always be stressed:
    - докторА
    - поездА
    - домА
    - городА
    3. You also might have noticed that many neuter nouns change their stress very often:
    - окнО - Окна
    - мОре - морЯ
    - слОво - словА
    Also I think usually long words with many syllables keep their stress at the same position in any form. But short words with one or two syllables change their stress all the time when you use then in different forms.

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