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Animals Scene 1 Language Focus

Rob and Stephen get stressed, and Rob talks about will, could and might.

Task 1

Decide how many syllables each of these words has. Then decide where the stress is, and group similar words together.


Task 2

Read the first sentence and then decide if will, could or might is needed to give the second sentence the same meaning.


Task 3

Which phrase finishes the conversation?


Task 4

Here are the four conversations from the last exercise. Type in the boxes to complete them. The first letters of the words are given for you, so don't type them.



Language level

Intermediate: B1
Upper intermediate: B2


Hi all
i did not understand stress of the syllable
i want more examples

Hi Asmaa Ali Salem,

Every word in English has a number of syllables. For example:

English - 2 syllables: eng + lish

One syllable in each word carries the main stress. Where there is only one syllable there is no choice. Where there are more than one we need to know which so we can say the word correctly. For example:





You can see the syllables and stress in any dictionary entry. For example, here is an entry for the word 'English':

You can see the syllables by clicking the 'syllables' button and hear the word by clicking the speaker icon.


There is also sentence stress in English. This refers to the word in the sentence which carries the heaviest stress. It is the word which has the key information:

I love going to the cinema.

'Love' will usually the key information here as the sentence is talking about the speaker's preferences. Unlike word stress, sentence stress is context dependent, so it can change depending on the speaker's perspective or intention.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

i did not understand task one. How did they make group, according stress or syllable?

Hello Hira Afzal,

Both the number of syllables and the stress is shown. For example:

Oo means two syllables with the stress on the first syllable

Ooo means three syllables with the stress on the first syllable

oOo means three syllables with the stress on the second syllable

I hope that helps to clarify it for you.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

I can't understand task 1

Hello Taha,

What exactly can't you understand about the task? If you can be a little more specific then we'll try to explain.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

is it important to know where the stress is when pronouncing a word.

Hello kalyani perera,

Yes, it is very important. In English we have weak forms - some sounds change according to whether or not they are stressed or unstressed - so if we change the stress then we may also change the sounds. For example:

carrier (stress on the first syllable)

career (stress on the second syllable)

Korea (stress on the second syllable

Try looking these words up in an online dictionary and listening to the pronunciation - this will give you an idea of why the stress is important.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Peter
Thank you very much .I listened to these words and understand the difference . once again Thank you

Hi, do you have exercises and explications about how to break a word into syllables?
It appears to be very different that in spanish...