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Weak forms are very common and very important in English pronunciation. Getting them right is one of the keys to naturally flowing speech. Helen shows you the most important one to learn.

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Pronouncing unstressed words like 'a' and 'an'

There is an English sound which is used more than any other. The trouble is it's a short sound which can be very difficult to hear as it is only present in unstressed syllables.

Pronouncing this sound correctly and in the right place really helps to get a natural flow to spoken English. Helen has more information in the video.

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Summary

  • Schwa is a short vowel sound.
  • It is the most common sound in the English language.
  • It is never stressed.
  • The sound schwa is very important to natural English.
  • It appears in many words of more than one syllable.
  • It is the sound of many grammar words like articles and prepositions when they are not stressed.

This is the symbol for schwa. 

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To do

How good are you at hearing the schwa sound? Try to quiz to find out

How many schwa?

5 Questions

Listen to each sentence and choose how many schwa you can hear.

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Excellent! เยี่ยม! แย่หน่อย! คุณทำคะแนนได้:
x / y

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Many thanks to the staff and students of the Central School of English for their help with this programme.

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Session Vocabulary

  • Secrets of schwa

    Schwa is a short vowel sound.
    It is the most common sound in the English language.
    It is never stressed.
    The sound schwa is very important to natural english.
    It appears in many words of more than one syllable.
    It is the sound of many grammar words like articles and prepositions when they are not stressed.