'I always have to repeat myself.'
'People speak too fast in English and I can't understand them!'
Does this sound familiar? If so, read on to understand some of the features of spoken English and how you can better use them to help you.
Languages can be broadly grouped into two main types: stress-timed and syllabic-timed. What does this mean? First, we need to understand what a syllable is. For example, the word 'syllable' has three syllables
syll - a - ble
which shows you that a syllable is the smallest unit of sound in a word with a vowel sound. Here are some more examples: 'Malaysia' has three: Ma - lay - sia, and 'country' has two: coun - try. Now we need to know what 'stress' means in pronunciation terms. It means to make something stronger (louder, clearer) when we say it. Got it? Ok! Back to our types of languages: