A syllable is a single, unbroken sound of a spoken (or written) word. Syllables usually contain a vowel and accompanying consonants. Sometimes syllables are referred to as the ‘beats’ of spoken language.
This is a haiku about a frog:
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A syllable is a word or a word segment that is pronounced as a single sound. Some words have one syllable (including cat, dog, fish, and walk). Some words have two syllables (including apple, orange, and walking). Some words have three syllables (including syllable, important, and excellent). Some words have more.
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 American English pronunciation video, you’re going to get even better at speaking with rhythmic contrast. We’re going to practice three-syllable words with first syllable stress.
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Definition of syllable (Entry 2 of 2)
Except for marble, every one of the words on the first page utilizes one of the Three Exceptions to the Main Rule, but don’t get into this. The purpose here is to expose your child to chunks that contain only First Vowel Sounds.
Now, on the third pass through the list your child will be examining the words he couldn’t figure out. Flower, baseball, greater and lonely are key candidates for this honor. Flower and greater might be hard because your child doesn’t know the code well enough to try more than one option. Baseball and lonely are special cases, in that the vowel sound in the first chunk of both words is split (a-e and o-e, respectively) and your child might miss this. Try pointing out the a-e in baseball and see if he then picks it up in lonely. If he misses it again just point out the o-e spelling of /oe/.
Page 1: purple, perfect, twelve, silver, seven, thirteen, Godard, about, Thursday, again, Tuesday, pizza, thirty, donate, princess, people, water, future, Heaven, happy, sixty, country, pumpkin, Christmas, special, else, over, Angel, freedom, able, music, fifty, ana, thousand, fourteen, party, Monday, picture, office, language, nature, Kelly, city, Mumbai, woman, twenty, sugar, husband, anna, and meme
Learn how to use the easiest words finder here. Word lists are in the order of the most common words and most searched.
- Similar to open syllables, the vowel-consonant-e type includes a long vowel.
Syllables are the individual units of pronunciation that help to both write and articulate a word. Organizing words into syllables helps to break them into smaller pieces. All words have at least one syllable and some words, especially medical terms, can be longer than ten.
J Exp Psychol Hum Percept Perform. 1990 Aug;16(3):551-63.
This research examines the recognition of two-syllable spoken words and the means by which the auditory word recognition process deals with ambiguous stimulus information. The experiments reported here investigate the influence of individual syllables within two-syllable words on the recognition of each other. Specifically, perceptual identification of two-syllable words comprised of two monosyllabic words (spondees) was examined. Individual syllables within a spondee were characterized as either “easy” or “hard” depending on the syllable’s neighborhood characteristics; an easy syllable was defined as a high-frequency word in a sparse neighborhood of low-frequency words, and a hard syllable as a low-frequency word in a high-density, high-frequency neighborhood. In Experiment 1, stimuli were created by splicing together recordings of the component syllables of the spondee, thus equating for syllable stress. Additional experiments tested the perceptual identification of naturally produced spondees, spliced nonwords, and monosyllables alone. Neighborhood structure had a strong effect on identification in all experiments. In addition, identification performance for spondees with a hard-easy syllable pattern was higher than for spondees with an easy-hard syllable pattern, indicating a primarily retroactive pattern of influence in spoken word recognition. Results strongly suggest that word recognition involves multiple activation and delayed commitment, thus ensuring accurate and efficient recognition.
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As a writer, when you’re limited to relying strictly on basic, monosyllabic words, the constraints cause you to come up with more creative uses of language. Naturally, any word limit also results in tighter, more thoughtful writing. Alas, though, the task is harder than it sounds. Give it a try. The charter is straightforward: Write a paragraph using only words with one-syllable. Write about anything you choose but make sure to keep the word count to 100 words or less.
Putting these together and checking against BEEP gets us the lists.
I found a list of existing syllables from Chris Barker at UCSD. The syllabification isn’t ideal, as they note, which meant I needed to weed out a lot of bad onsets.  It’s also British English, but oh well.