The schwa sound is a short, neutral sound in a word. It is the most common sound in English speech. It is represented by the symbol ə in the dictionary.
What is the SCHWA Sound?
Schwa Sound: A schwa sound is the most common sound in the English language. It is a relaxed, neutral vowel sound that is produced in a quick and unstressed manner. Syllables: Every word has at least one syllable. A syllable is a unit of sound within a word that can be made up of one or more letters. Vowels: A vowel is a letter of the alphabet that represents a particular type of speech sound, like the schwa sound, that is made with an open mouth and without any obstruction of the mouth, lips, or tongue.
The schwa sound is the most common sound in the English language, making up approximately 40% of all sounds in English. The schwa sound is sometimes called the 'dark l' because it is often produced with the tongue in the same position as the 'l' sound. The schwa sound is the only vowel sound that does not have a dedicated letter in the English alphabet.
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Work together in pairs: What is the schwa sound and how can you practice it?
Can you think of a word that has the schwa sound in it?
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