English Stress Patterns What does it take to sound English? One thing is to get the stress pattern right. Some words change their meaning depending on which part of the word you stress. These words have the same form but different pronunciation. The question is, which part of the word should be stressed? This is what you will practice and learn throughout this book. This book is created for the learner to practice the English stress pattern and explore ways of sounding English. It is a book that is designed for several educational levels of English as a Second Language/English as a Foreign language.