Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 2 – Episode 21 – Pronunciation: Countries

I’ve done this exercise so many times and my students find it enjoyable.  I never used to teach pronunciation out of British English books, just because they stress different words compared to Americans, so I’m especially grateful that google and dictionary.com provides me with me with the American intonation.  Yes, maybe some words are stressed the same in both contexts, but not all the time.

So, here we go.  Let’s look at some countries and nationalities and see how they’re stressed.

Stressing Patterns

   O

Spain

O  o

China

  o O

Brazil

Ooo

Italy

o o  O

Vietnam

o   O   o

Morocco

It depends on how many syllables there are in a particular country.  Countries with one syllable, just like plain English words, go unstressed.  However, countries with two syllables have a stress — and it could be the first or second syllable.  And obviously, countries with three syllables can have the first, second, or third syllable stressed. 

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