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The vowel schwa

In one of my last English classes we were discussing and practicing about this vowel. I found it to be hard to pronounce, but my goal is to keep practicing to excel it hehehe.

What do you think about this vowel? Do you have or did you have troubles with its pronunciation? Do you have any trick to know where they can be found in a word or sentences and how to pronounce it properly?

Feb 6, 2015 6:03 PM
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English has three levels of accentuation: primary,  secondary, and reduced, aka the schwa. More vowels than not are pronounced schwa -- in fact, the schwa is the most common sound in English, so mastering it will take your *listening* skills into the stratosphere. A dictionary will indicate which vowels are reduced. In general, there is a tendency to alternate between full vowels and reduced vowels (syncope). In addition, structural (non-content) words in a phrase will have their vowels reduced when speaking at a normal rate.

February 6, 2015
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English, Korean, Spanish
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English, Korean