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TOEFL iBT Pronunciation: Avoiding Irregular Word Stress Shifts with Compound Adverbs, Two Word Verbs, Two-Syllable Nouns and Verbs, Verbs with Prefixes, and Abbreviations and Symbols

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To continue to improve your pronunciation of word stress, you will need to become familiar with word stress patterns of various word combinations. For example, how would you pronounce the following words: downwind, watch over, underestimate, USA, and autistic? What about conduct when used as a verb or when it is used as a noun? Would you place the primary stress in the same part of the word in both parts of speech? These are additional issues that I will focus on in my Online TOEFL Course.

Having appropriate word stress can benefit your TOEFL iBT test-taking experience three ways. First, having appropriate word stress improves your intelligibility. Second, avoiding word stress shifts ensures that your speech does not distract listeners from what you are saying. Finally, competently using word stress makes you natural-sounding. Of course, human raters, impressed by your clear, non-distracting, and natural-sounding speech, will be pleased to give you high scores on TOEFL iBT speaking.

Unfortunately, word stress poses great challenges for learners, so much so that TOEFL iBT human raters are specifically trained to pay close attention to your proficiency or lack thereof in this area. Due to inexperience with English or interference from a first language, you may be unsure what to do, for example, when two adverbs combine to form one word: northwest. Is the stress placed on the first or second word? In other cases, in words such as go through and put down, would you place stress on the first or second word?

Furthermore, if you hear reCORD, is it being used as a verb or noun? How about when someone says EXploit? Is it being used as a noun or a verb? Do you change your word stress when using nouns or verbs? There are even additional rules with word stress and verbs which have prefixes such as dehumidify, preview, and withdraw. In these examples, would you stress the prefix or the base? As you can see, there are numerous rules regarding word stress and certain word combinations, and it will take you time to get familiar with these rules.

Through my Online TOEFL Course,  you will learn word stress patterns of compound adverbs, two word verbs, two-syllable nouns and verbs, verbs with prefixes, and abbreviations and symbols. In addition, you will learn how to predict stress with suffixes and word endings: -ic, -ical, -ify, -ogy, -tion, -graphy, -ious, -ian, -ical, -ee, -eer, -ese, -esque, -ique, -ette, -et, -ate. For example, you will learn that when you see a word that ends with the ending -ee the stress is placed on the last syllable, i.e., referEE. The value of using word endings to predict stress in incalculable: by learning stress patterns of word endings, you will be able to predict word stress patterns of thousands of academic words. Now you may be thinking to yourself, “Heck, I can learn this naturally by speaking regularly with native speakers.” It is true that you can learn word stress naturally, but it may take you 5-10 years before you internalize all the rules that are explicitly taught in this course.

Therefore, my Online TOEFL Course can dramatically short-cut your path to near-native speaker proficiency by giving you intensive practice with word stress in the form of listening discrimination exercises of academic sentences and paragraphs. You needn’t wait 10 years before you can win your battle with word stress. Subscribe to my Online TOEFL Course and begin reducing your word stress shifts immediately.

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As an English professor and TOEFL instructor, I have mixed bag of experiences when it comes to my profession. Sometimes, I have students who are unmotivated, whereas other times I have students who want to learn more than they want oxygen. Let’s talk about the latter–the highly motivated student who wants to learn but just needs some direction. This type of student will pass the TOEFL iBT by following a few simple steps.

1). First, he comes to my Better TOEFL Scores blog and takes a  TOEFL practice test. The purpose of taking the practice test is to get a practice test score and especially have the speaking and writing sections scored by a TOEFL iBT specialist.

2) After taking the TOEFL practice test, he makes a blog comment at Better TOEFL Scores: “Michael, I just took an i-System Practice Test and here are my test results…..

Total score____/120 pts

Reading ____/30 pts

Listening____/30 pts

Speaking____/30 pts

Writing____/30 pts

Based on my test results, which TOEFL lessons do you think I should take?”

3) Based on my recommendations, he takes TOEFL lessons over a period of 2-3 months.

4) As he is taking the TOEFL lessons, he asks questions (usually, by making video comments) to get clarification from me to make sure he understands what is being taught.

5) Then after studying 2-3 months, he takes one more TOEFL practice test  .

6) Finally, it is time for him to take the official TOEFL iBT exam.

7) After taking the TOEFL exam, he makes one final Better TOEFL Scores comments letting us know how he scored.

It is those times when TOEFLers tell me, “Hey, Michael I passed the TOEFL. My score is 105/120,” that I receive the most satisfaction as a TOEFL teacher. I think about how hard the TOEFLer had to work to get that score. I think about how proud he/she must feel to make a plan, follow the plan, and finally get a passing score.

For all you who are reading this and have worked hard to pass the TOEFL, I congratulate you for you hard work. Nicely done indeed!

For more information, go here:

Michael Buckhoff’s “7 Step System to Pass the TOEFL iBT

Exam!” “I want my lesson now!”

Watch Video: Learn about S.T.E.A.L.T.H.


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