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Episode #133

How to Find the Stress in Long Words

00:07:34 minutes long
audio file size: 10.8 mb

Long words can be really challenging to pronounce and we sometimes find ourselves trying to avoid them, especially if we’re not sure how to stress them.
But there’s actually a good way to know where to place the primary stress in such words. And it’s all about the suffix.

In this episode, I’m going to talk about some common suffixes and how to stress words that have them.

Want to practice? Here’s a list of words with the most common suffixes + audio:

Here’s a loose transcription of the words as explained in the episode:

  • possibility: paa-suh-bi-luh-dee [IPA: pɑːsəˈbɪləti]
  • activity: ak-ti-vuh-dee [IPA: ækˈtɪvəti]
  • responsibility: ris-paan-suh-bi-luh-dee [IPA: rispɑːnsəˈbɪləti]
  • alphabetical: al-fuh-be-duh-k’l [IPA: ælfəˈbetɪkəl]
  • political: puh-li-ti-k’l [IPA: pəˈlɪtɪkəl]
  • psychological: sai-kuh-laa-dji-k’l [IPA: saɪkəˈlɑːdʒɪkəl]
  • biology: bai-aa-luh-djee [IPA: baɪˈɑːlədʒi]
  • technology: tek-naa-luh-djee [IPA: tekˈnɑːlədʒi]
  • sociology: sow-see-aa-luh-djee [IPA: soʊsiˈɑːlədʒi]
  • kilometer: ki-laa-muh-d’r [IPA: kɪˈlɑːmətər]
  • parameter: puh-ra-muh-d’r [IPA: pəˈræmətər]
  • thermometer: th’r-maa-muh-d’r [IPA: θərˈmɑːmətər]

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