An introduction to syllables

Syllables are the number of beats in a word.

To work out how many syllables are in a word, we can clap each beat:

help with syllables
Hap-py Birth-day to you

Happy has two beats so we would clap two times.

Birthday also has two beats. To and you only have one beat/syllable.

Try these words, selecting the correct number.

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

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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