The importance of rhythm in your pronunication
Rhythm is a part of pronunciation but it also affects your fluency because good rhythm affects your oral smoothness. Therefore if you are trying to improve your speaking grade, this is a good one to work on.
Rhythm relates to the speed and strength of individual words in a sentence. English is often considered a stress-based language, often compared to the playing of a drum with its hard, slow, soft, and fast sounds. Some words are pronounced hard; others are pronounced together with other words very quickly.
There are patterns to rhythm which connect to grammar, and they are applicable when the speaker is not trying to emphasize any words intentionally.
Patterns of English Sentence Rhythm
1. Strong and Slow words
Generally, the following types of words are strong and slow meaning that they can generally be heard more easily than other words. Moreover, they tend to be more important in discovering the meaning of a word (ie content words). The following are the categories of words that are often strong and slow.
2. Weak and Fast Words
Most English words are weak and join quickly with other words. These are called function words. For example, if you say “I am going to the bank” the “to the” will be joined together like one word “t”. The vowels of these words generally use the phonetic symbol Ә , since it is this symbol that best represents a weak sound.
3. Mildly Stressed Verbs