The Schwa Vowel Sound
In this Pronunciation Activation Pack we will be looking at the sixth of the pure vowels the schwa / ə /.
The schwa is the most commonly heard vowel sound in English.
The schwa / ə / is a neutral central vowel which occurs as the peak of unstressed syllables.
The exact sound and quality of the schwa / ə / depends on the sounds around it and so it is very difficult to produce it in isolation.
Most Common English Sound
The schwa sound / ə / has many spellings and can be made with any of the vowel letters A, E, I, O, and U, and any combination of these vowel letters.
Only words of more than one syllable can contain the schwa sound.
The schwa / ə / is the most commonly heard sound in British English.
Interactive British English IPA Chart
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