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in words of one syllable

In simple terms that are easy to understand. (Usually implying that the listener is unintelligent.) You're helping my brother set up his computer? Be sure you explain things in words of one syllable.
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words of one syllable

Very simple words; terms that are easy to understand. You're an astrophysicist and I'm not, so please, explain this concept in words of one syllable so I might have a chance of understanding it!
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words of one syllable, in

In simple terms, as in I don't understand financial derivatives-can you explain them in words of one syllable? [Colloquial; 1920s]
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in words of one syllable

If you explain something to someone in words of one syllable, you explain it very simply and clearly. I'm sure I don't have to spell things out in words of one syllable to you. He wanted to know if I would help out. I told him in words of one syllable that I would not. Note: You sometimes use this expression to suggest that the other person is stupid or slow to understand something.
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in words of one syllable

using very simple language; expressed plainly.
1994 Canal & Riverboat Bear with me then, if I use words of one syllable now and again, in this series of articles for L drivers.
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in words of one ˈsyllable

using very simple language so that somebody will understand: They didn’t seem to understand my explanation, so I explained it all again in words of one syllable.
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In fact, while children in their first year of ECE become able to identify rhyme and recognize syllables, they can only identify uppercase (in the learning-to-read process, those are introduced first, so logically, their outcomes are best) and lowercase letters with difficulty.
Prof Mennen added: "Welsh speakers may be aware that the stress in most Welsh words lies in the last but one syllable - and learners may be told this - but what Welsh speakers may not realise is that the way the language creates that stress is totally different to the way the English language places emphasis on a syllable.
Any error from Module 2 will be input for Module 3 which tunes the words and syllables from "L2outDrafT then the output will be generated by "L2out".
The WM paradigm, developed by Mano and colleagues [2], employed a 3 x 2 design with the within-subjects factors including load size (1 versus 2 versus 3 syllables) and distraction (faces (happy, sad, and emotionally neutral) versus nonfacial geometrical oval figure).
Grouping and organizing successive sounds into effective entities such as syllables is not a new idea as commonly thought of.
Entrants are asked to write an acrostic poem in which the first letter of each line spells out a a word vertically, or compose a Haiku, a three-line poem with five syllables in the first line, seven syllables in the second and five syllables in the third line.
According to the theory, word nodes and syllable nodes act as detectors for people, allowing them to hear words, syllables, and phrases.
The stimuli for auditory evoked potential recording were /bi/-/pi/ and /di/-/ti/ syllables prepared via an online text to speech translator (AT&T Text to Speech, http://www2.research.att.com) [18] and processed via Praat Software [19] .
This research study will measure the changes in the recognition rate before and after the speech rate by syllables is modified and then analyze the results to identify the reasons for the changes.
These suffixes in English Language are called shifter, they shift strong stress to the antepenultimate (third from the last), similarly penultimate (second from the last), and ultimately (last) syllables, as well as those suffixes that do not shift strong stress to other syllable.
The first and last lines of a haiku have five syllables, while the middle line has seven syllables.
* What duration they consume in producing stressed syllables of the given English words.
The first is "articulation rate," "the tempo of articulating an utterance, excluding any silent pauses, but including non-linguistic speech material such as filled pauses [=any gap in the verbal structure of a speaking-turn filled by non-linguistic material] and prolongations of syllables" (Laver 539).