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5 Ways to Count Syllables

(Syllable Rules Below)

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  1. The Listen Method Rules

    1. Say the word.

    2. How many times do you hear "A, E, I, O, U" as a separate sound?

    3. This is the number of syllables.

  1. The Chin Method Rules

    1. Put your hand under your chin.

    2. Say the word.

    3. How many times does your chin touch your hand?

    4. This is the number of syllables.

  1. The Clap Method Rules

    1. Clapping may help you find syllables.

    2. Say the word.

    3. Clap each time you hear "A, E, I, O, U" as a separate sound.

    4. The number of claps is the number of syllables.

  1. The Robot Speak Method Rules

    1. Make believe you are a robot from the year 2000.

    2. Say a word as this robot.

    3. Pay attention to the pauses you make.

    4. How many parts did you break your word into?

    5. Example:

    6. This is the number of syllables.

  1. The Written Method Rules

    1. Count the number of vowels (A, E, I, O, U) in the word.

      • Add 1 every time the letter 'y' makes the sound of a vowel (A, E, I, O, U).

      • Subtract 1 for each silent vowel (like the silent 'e' at the end of a word).

    2. Subtract 1 for each diphthong or triphthong in the word.

      • Diphthong: when 2 vowels make only 1 sound (aw, oy, oo)

      • Triphthong: when 3 vowels make only 1 sound (iou)

    3. Add 1 if the word ends with "le" or "les".

    4. The number you are left with is the number of syllables in your word.

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