Basic UK 49980 Folder Collection
After playing the video, you can click or select the word to look it up in the dictionary.
Report Subtitle Errors
Hello, my name is Jessica.
Preparation is key in any exam, and the Cambridge English speaking test is no exception.
There are lots of factors to consider in the speaking test.
For example, pronunciation, intonation, vowel sound and stress.
Stress is very important.
It helps you understand that is because of English.
And it also helps other people to understand you, especially when speaking at speed.
One thing that learners of all level sometimes find confusing is when the meaning of a word depends on how you stress it.
So, let's take a closer look at word stress.
There are many two-syllable words in English.
Take this word, for example.
Which syllable would you stress?
The first? The second? Or are both acceptable?
Present or present?
Does the meaning change?
Yes, it does.
Present is a noun, meaning a gift.
Present is a verb with several meanings. For example, to show and to make a presentation.
Here are some more examples.
To object.
And an object.
To import, and an import.
To contract, and a contract.
To export, and an export.
In all of these examples, the word is a verb when the second syllable is stressed.
And a noun when the first syllable is stressed.
How can you best learn word stress?
You'll need both time and experience.
So listen carefully to native speakers and try to develop the feeling for the rhythm of the language.
You can also keep a record of which syllable is stressed in your vocabulary notebook.
For example, by underlining the stressed syllable.
There're many different varieties of English accents in the UK and elsewhere in the world.
They're all acceptable.
Comprehensible pronunciation is what's tested in the exam.
And stress plays a major part in this.
Your accent is not something to worry about in the test as long as you can be understood.
Don't forget you could look up stress in any good dictionary.
Thank you for watching.
    You must  Log in  to get the function.
Tip: Click on the article or the word in the subtitle to get translation quickly!


English Language Learning Tips - Speaking Test

49980 Folder Collection
廖詩愉 published on June 1, 2015    廖詩愉 translated    許允迪 reviewed
More Recommended Videos
  1. 1. Search word

    Select word on the caption to look it up in the dictionary!

  2. 2. Repeat single sentence

    Repeat the same sentence to enhance listening ability

  3. 3. Shortcut


  4. 4. Close caption

    Close the English caption

  5. 5. Embed

    Embed the video to your blog

  6. 6. Unfold

    Hide right panel

  1. Listening Quiz

    Listening Quiz!

  1. Click to open your notebook

  1. UrbanDictionary 俚語字典整合查詢。一般字典查詢不到你滿意的解譯,不妨使用「俚語字典」,或許會讓你有滿意的答案喔