We put emphasis on the words that are the most important for a message to be understood (usually nouns, main verbs, adjectives). These words are the stressed forms, while the ones that are less important are weak forms that are not stressed (usually articles, prepositions, auxiliary verbs, pronouns & conjunctions). Compare the examples: We had a picnic in the park, (with stressed words) We had a picnic in the park, (with no stressed words)
Can you understand the message as easily when there are no stressed words?
Read the theory, then read sentences 1-4 and
say which words you don’t expect to be
stressed. Listen and check, then listen
again and repeat.
Какие слова невызывают стресс?