Sometimes it helps to write out what the word sounds like and count out the number of sounds. For example: elephant: //el-a-fent// = 3 syllables. education: //ed-u-kay-shun/= 4 syllables. concentration: //con-sin-tray-shun// = 4 syllables. If you do it for a little while you'll soon be able to do it by counting the syllables in your head. You can also try saying the word slowly and counting the number of times your mouth & tongue change position. Good luck!