A virtual trip to the UK & the USA
'Syllables' are the parts of a word when you say it. The word syll-a-ble, for example, has got three parts.
Americans usually pronounce all the syllables in long words:
dictionary has 4 syllables in American English.
Standard British English speakers often miss out a syllable to make long words shorter:
dictionary has 3 syllables in British English. The syllable 'a' is silent.
How many syllables? Listen to the words and count the syllables. Do the exercise here.
Can you hear the difference between British and American English? Do the exercise here.
Listen to Stephen, Becky and Georgina talk about American culture and decide which statements are true.
Click here to start the exercise.