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How to pronounce secondary accent of English words? with two stresses in one word, how to pronounce? words like: bureaucratic ceremony compensate egalitarian
Feb 25, 2010 1:04 AM
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Here it probably gets as hard as the five tones of Mandarin were for me. There is no hard and fast rule. Even the same multisyllable word may be pronounce two different ways and still be correct ("caribbean") What you must realize is that one of the stresses is secondary and will be less than the primary. In the case of "egalitarian" the 2nd syllable is the secondary and the 4th is the primary. This means the 2nd syllable is stressed above syllables 1,2,5 and 6, but less than the 4th. e GAL i TAR i an [ I know they look the same, but trust me - GAL is smaller than TAR. It only comes with experience and there's no way to look at a multi-syllable word and know where the stresses are.
February 25, 2010
For more tips on Spoken English, you can have a look at this Italki site
February 25, 2010
Hi Eric. There is a free online talking dictionary of English pronunciation. Just click over the pink words to hear them spoken at
February 25, 2010
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