Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Minding Your Schwa

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Schwa is the name for the most common sound in English. The phonemic symbol for this sound is <ə>.

It is a weak, unstressed sound and it occurs in many words. It is often the sound in grammar words such as articles and prepositions.

One must remember that English is a stress-timed language meaning stresses occur at regular intervals.

Getting the schwa sound correct is a good way of making your pronunciation more accurate and natural.

English is not spoken as students think, with every vowel being given its full sound, and after an initial introduction to the schwa they start to look for it themselves in other words and sentences.
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