Syllable Stress Study: 2-Syllable Words DA-da – American English

Syllable Stress Study:  2-Syllable Words DA-da – American English


In this American English pronunciation video,
you’re going to get even better at speaking with rhythmic contrast. We’re going to practice
two-syllable words with first syllable stress. First, if you were just going to watch this
video, don’t. That would be very boring. This video only works if you’re willing
to practice your English out loud. So, if you’re somewhere where you can’t do that,
make sure to come back to this video later. When learning English as a second language,
most people don’t make unstressed syllables as fast, low in pitch, or quiet as they should.
The tendency is to over-pronounce them. But that’s not good English. In English we have
clearer stressed syllables, DA, and less clear unstressed syllables, da. So for these syllables,
don’t be afraid to be less clear. In this video, we’re just going to do two-syllable
words with first syllable stress, like this: DA-da. That’s all you’re going to hear.
You’re going to get into a groove with the rhythm. After each repetition of the word,
repeat it just like you hear it. Don’t over-pronounce the unstressed syllables. This going to move
quickly, so see if you can keep up. mother, DA-da, mother
little, DA-da, little feeling, DA-da, feeling
reason, DA-da, reason kinda, DA-da, kinda
nervous, DA-da, nervous pretty, DA-da, pretty
master, DA-da, master crumble, DA-da, crumble
sorta, DA-da, sorta toothpaste, DA-da, toothpaste
borrow, DA-da, borrow English, DA-da, English
staying, Da-da, staying really, DA-da, really
wonder, DA-da, wonder Now we’re going to go back to the beginning
and just do the words one time each. Repeat each word, and don’t worry too much about
the sounds. This is a drill exercise in rhythm. mother
little feeling
reason kinda
nervous pretty
master crumble
sorta toothpaste
borrow English
staying really
wonder Now we’re going to go back to the beginning
and just do the words one time each, with a short sentence. Repeat the word and the
sentence, keeping the right rhythm when it’s in a sentence. mother – Her mother left.
little – I’m a little tired. feeling – I’m feeling okay.
reason – What’s the reason? kinda – I’m kinda hungry.
nervous – She’s nervous. pretty – That was pretty good.
master – I want to master it. crumble – It’s going to crumble.
sorta – I sorta thought so. toothpaste – I need more toothpaste.
borrow – I need to borrow that. English – English is tough.
staying – We’re staying here. really – I really want that.
wonder – I wonder what he meant. I couldn’t hear you, but I bet you did really
great. This video is part of a series where we take words with the same stress, and practice
a bunch of them at once. It’s a drilling exercise. You want to do it over and over
until the stress pattern feels natural. Click the link here or in the description below
to see other videos in this series. The more you practice while working on stress, the
more natural you’ll sound to Americans. So when you’re learning vocabulary, organize
the words in lists by stress. Practice words of the same stress together to get into that
groove. What other two-syllable words with first syllable
stress can you think of? Put them in the comments below to give everyone more words to practice
with. Stress is something I stress in my book, American
English Pronunciation. If you want an organized, step-by-step resource to build your American
accent, click here to buy the book. I think you’re going to love it. That’s it, and thanks so much for using
Rachel’s English.

51 comments on “Syllable Stress Study: 2-Syllable Words DA-da – American English

  1. امنيم بالعربية Post author

    This is a good video
    you are fantastic
    can you say to me the different between (so) and (very)

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  2. Unknown Person Post author

    Always thankful for your amazing videos.. I've learned a lot since I found your channel 4 years ago, and I'm still learning from you.
    Thank you so much

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  3. Anderson Silva Post author

    Thank you Rachel. I think the biggest problem for us brazilians are the unstressed words and syllables.

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  4. shima She Post author

    Thanks Rachel, you r an amaze human being xo
    P.s: plz make a video with your newborn, we'd love to see the baby😍

    Reply
  5. Arke qPure Post author

    I'd like to learn how do I decide when the stress goes in joint words like airport, secondhand, softball, childlike, crosstown, redhead, keyboard, makeup, notebook (what do I take in consideration)
    P.S. these are not the most difficult ones, i just cannot come up with them of the top of my head. You know better =)

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  6. Adam Adam Post author

    Ms. Rachel, can you please make videos about how to pass the IELTS test. We would really appreciate it.

    Thank you so much.
    You're the nicest teacher!

    Reply
  7. sebastian alegria Post author

    hi rachel, l have to say at respect when one want to talk in English tends to commit certain mistakes with some words, and your English lesson is a perfect clarification to helps us to understand, thank you so much!!

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  8. Sattawut Wongwiangjunt Post author

    Two-syllable word:
    Rachel, Surface, Macbook, Windows, Beeper, printer, oven
    Thank you so much. I really appreciate your teaching.

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  9. Moe Money Post author

    Thank you rachel! I've been trying really hard to speak in an american accent. I remember you telling me to practice hard. Even though now the situation has improved but I think it can get better.

    Reply
  10. Mr.tech guy Post author

    when I watch english movie I don't understand anything.even I learned english for more than 10 years. please rachel help me

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  11. احمد صقر Post author

    thank u for your teaching another people I'm from Egypt and I really like what u do thank u again and i hope 2 see videos with translation 2 Arabic

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  12. maha Hamed Post author

    thank you teacher but is there any way enable me to talk directly with Americans or English people cause i am from Arabian
    country

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  13. Marcelo Pereira Post author

    Hi Rachel! I find your videos really useful. Would you make a video about the american pronounciation of "him, her, them" because I know American usually do not pronounce them like that, I understand that they do like "make 'em" or something like that, but how can we pronounce it… can you make a video to make it clear? Please, thanks!
    greetings from Paraguay 😊

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  14. LI SETINO Post author

    Ms. Rachel. million thanks for your efforts by helping us with the easiest and cheapest way to improve our oral English.

    Reply
  15. Jasmine Natasya Post author

    thank you rachel for helping me out. Your channel its really helpful for someone who wants to learn american english.

    Reply
  16. Tania Rivas Post author

    Dear Reachel: I'm an english student and three days ago I was watching a video in English about people from Arkansas, United States and I cannot understand all the video, their accent is very hard to understand for me, I understand you perfectly, I can understand radio and tv programs in English but I never had listened an accent like that

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  17. JY P Post author

    Thank you for lots of videos. They are really useful!!
    It's really difficult for me to notice the difference between here and hear, worm and warm.
    Could you make a video for me?? If you make, it will be really helpful!!
    p.s I'm not good at English, so just ignore my mistakes if they exist.

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  18. Mercy Kinyanjui Post author

    Hello Rachel, i wanna thank you for all your tutorials its being 5 months of practicing American English Accent and i can say i have improved lots, even my new classmates can notice that i have an accent. Its pretty cool and i will continue watching your videos. You Rock.

    Reply
  19. Ivan Aguiar Post author

    Hey Rachel, thanks for this video! I think the pronunciation of the word "borrow" and "bottle" is quite similar. Could you talk a little about that?

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  20. JayKob Post author

    2-syllable words:

    laughter, matter, pattern, juicy, awesome, language, city, painter, over, cover, power, planet, shower, children, curtain, pillow, nowhere, speaker, music, homework, building, question, flower, purple, orange, apple, butter, cactus, bother, tiny

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  21. Mottahead Post author

    I get it – you're saying that American speakers/listeners are masters at filling up the blanks (the parts of the speech that are not very well articulated, the unstressed parts, are well understood even though they don't sound that clear).

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  22. Ivan Miguel Hernandez Morales Post author

    Hi Rachel! I have a doubt, when do you pronounce the word "he" without the /h/ sound? I saw you doing that in this video in second 5:20. Thank you for everything!

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  23. munzir abdalwhab abdalla sulieman Post author

    Thank you very much teacher
    I really understand very well god bless you .
    I.m Munzir from sudan.
    Take care of your self.

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  24. sobsamai kitchatham Post author

    Thank you so much for being my teacher even we've never met each other and when I make a mistake please, do not ignore.I 'll take it for my lesson.I'm from Thailand and my teachers are Americans.
    I.want to improve my English

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  25. Nins R Post author

    My 1st time seeing this and it's my favourite drill huhuhuhuhu I'm cryny I love it so much

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  26. Trung đinh Post author

    DA-da survey- The survey found that…

    limit- Proposed limit on immigration to the United States may worsen( DA-da) to the nation's…
    System- The U.S. healthcare system

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