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    How to divide syllables

    Teachers, could you please teach me how to divide syllables? For example, Are the syllables of the word "teacher" "tea and cher"or "teach and er"?

    Thank you!

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    Re: How to divide syllables

    The best advice I can give you is to look up a word on a reputable dictionary website and click on the speaker icon to hear how it's pronounced. That way, you can even learn the various pronunciations of homographs and even the potential difference between BrE and AmE pronunciations of that word.
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    http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dict...nglish/content

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    Re: How to divide syllables

    Even better, search for "syllabification". Here's one:
    https://www.education.com/reference/...ication-rules/

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    #4

    Re: How to divide syllables

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike12345 View Post
    Teachers, could you please teach me how to divide syllables? For example, Are the syllables of the word "teacher" "tea and cher"or "teach and er"?

    Thank you!
    In the case of "teacher", you split between morphemes: "teach" and "er"
    NOT A TEACHER. Translator and editor, and I hold a TESOL certificate. Native speaker of American English (West Coast)

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    Re: How to divide syllables

    Quote Originally Posted by bubbha View Post
    In the case of "teacher", you split between morphemes: "teach" and "er"
    I'm not sure morphemes are relevant when it comes to pronunciation.

    I would say split into tea and cher.

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    Re: How to divide syllables

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    I'm not sure morphemes are relevant when it comes to pronunciation.

    I would say split into tea and cher.
    On second thoughts, I suppose that morphology is relevant in written (not phonological) syllabification. If the aim is to help literacy it makes more sense to split it as bubbha suggests in post #4.

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