A syllable is the sound of a vowel (a, e, i, o, u) that is created when pronouncing a word.
The letter 'y' can be counted as a vowel, only if it creates the sound of a vowel (a, e, i, o, u).
For example: fry, try, cry, & dry
Some words have two (or more) vowels next to each other. Other words have vowels that are silent.
The number of times that you hear the sound of a vowel (a, e, i, o, u) is equal to the number of syllables the word has.
1 syllable ( cake )
Listen: pronouncing cake sound
1 syllable ( eat )
Listen: pronouncing eat sound
1 syllable ( cheese )
Listen: pronouncing cheese sound
2 syllables ( eat - ing )
pronounced: ee-t -- ing
Listen: pronouncing eating sound
2 syllables ( chick - en )
pronounced: chi-k -- in
Listen: pronouncing chicken sound
3 syllables ( wor - ry - ing )
pronounced: wa -- ree -- ing
Listen: pronouncing worrying sound
1 syllable ( checked )
Listen: pronouncing checked sound
2 syllable ( bat - ted )
pronounced: ba -- ted
Listen: pronouncing batted sound
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