Rhythm: The #1 Reason Your Speech Is Not Easily Understood

Did you know that rhythm is the #1 reason that non-native speakers are not easily understood when speaking English?

Most people think that the sounds and pronunciations of common words are the biggest problem when speaking English and don’t get me wrong… all that other stuff is important, but you can make a ton of mistakes with pronunciation, and if the rhythm of your speech matches what your listener expects, you will still be easily understood.

Rhythm is so important because the human ear is accustomed to a certain timing when recognizing and understanding other people’s speech.

English has a very predictable timing so if your speech does not match what your listener expects, you will not be understood. That’s why when we speak too quickly, people don’t understand us.

Non-native English speakers use a very different timing than what people expect when hearing spoken English, so this happens to them all the time. They are often not understood by their listeners.

The good news:  Rhythm is somewhat predictable. Not totally predictable, but there are a lot of useful rules and patterns that you can learn.

We are going to build a rhythm foundation by covering the basics and in future lessons, I’ll be sharing more rules and practice for this super important concept.

But let’s start at the beginning.

In this lesson you will learn:

  • What Is a Syllable
  • How To Count Syllables
  • How To Stress A Syllable

Then, we will practice together on some difficult, but common multi-syllabic words.

Check out my full lesson on the difference between sounds and letters here:

We are going to be talking more about the rhythm of speech in the coming weeks, so be sure to subscribe to The Accent Channel so you don’t miss a lesson!

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