Episode #12 The unstressed neutral [ə]
4 November 2016
Hello and welcome to this week’s Real English video.
I’m Darcy and today we’ll be working on pronouncing [ə], the schwa vowel. This neutral vowel occurs in unstressed position or when other vowels get reduced. For example, in the word ‘terrible’, the first vowel is a stressed [e] sound but the second vowel is the neutral [ə].
To pronounce this sound, your mouth is open slightly, and your tongue is in neutral position.
[ə], [ə], [ə].
In the following words, the second syllable is the unstressed [ə]: history, symbol, central.
And in this word, the first sound is the unstressed [ə]: award.
Make sure you practice each of these words for at least one minute a day and see how good you can get by next week.
Good luck and we’ll see you next Friday.