Classical Arabic has 4 types of syllables:
- CVV (long)
- CVC (closed)
- CVVC (long closed, rare)
C represent a consonant, V a short vowel, and VV a long vowel or diphthong.
When you see CC, the syllable break must fall between.
- The last syllable is never stressed.
- Ignoring the last syllable, start looking at syllables from the end of the word, working towards the beginning.
- When you find a long or closed syllable, it receives stress.
- If no such syllable is found, then the first syllable of the word is stressed.