An introduction to syllables

SYLLABLES are the number of BEATS in a word. To work out how many syllables in a word, try singing it and see how many notes you need.

For example:

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Hap-py Birth-day to you

Happy has two syllables, Hap - py, so needs two notes;

Birthday has two syllables, Birth - day, so needs two notes;

to and you each have only one syllable.


Try this one yourself:

Sing the word Congratulations , counting the number of beats or syllables.
You should get 5 :-

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Con - grat - u - la - tions

Now try these.


Say each word aloud
Count the number of syllables
Select the correct number of syllables


Word


Select the correct number of syllables

London 1     2     3     4     5     6    
Singapore 1     2     3     4     5     6    
Atlanta 1     2     3     4     5     6    
Madagascar 1     2     3     4     5     6    
France 1     2     3     4     5     6    
Philadelphia 1     2     3     4     5     6    
Uganda 1     2     3     4     5     6    
Moscow 1     2     3     4     5     6    
Spain 1     2     3     4     5     6    
Argentina 1     2     3     4     5     6    


 

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