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How many syllables?

Syllable – a unit of pronunciation having one vocal sound.

“Water” has two syllables.

“Inferno” has three syllables.

You can check how many syllables a word has by putting a ball in your mouth. Each time the ball falls out when speaking a word, that is a syllable!

How to find out how many syllables words have

Silly balls (syllables) will drop out of the dog’s mouth if you can get her to say a word.


You can put your hand under your chin. Each time you make a vowel sound your chin should drop.


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Shall  I  compare  thee  to  a  summer’s  day?

This single line of poetry has ten syllables.

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