A unit of pronunciation having one vowel sound, with or without surrounding consonants, forming the whole or a part of a word; e.g., there are two syllables in water and three in inferno. -- Dictionary.com
What letters are vowels? › a, e, i, o, and u
The number of vowel sounds is the number of syllables in a word.
Divide compound words, prefixes, and suffixes from root words. Divide between double consonants, unless the two consonants make up one sound. Divide before a single consonant sound. Divide before syllables containing “-le”.
1. 2. 3. 4.
Count all the vowels in the word. Subtract silent vowels. Subtract one vowel from every dipthong. The number of vowels left is the number of syllables in a word.
football › foot/ball
beautiful › beau/ti/ful
computer › com/put/er
ball › ball
apple › ap/ple
table › ta/ble
soccer › soc/cer