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Unit 4: Shopping
 
Speak  1: Using the schwa sound when asking for things
 
 
 
When asking for items in a shop such as jeans, sunglasses and trainers you have to ask for a 'pair' of them. This request involves several uses of the schwa sound. Try pronouncing these requests.
 
Instructions for exercise
 
In Unit 1 we described the schwa sound as the most common weak sound in the English language and is very important because it helps to give English its rhythm.
As well as when using comparisons, as in Unit 1, the schwa sound is also used in requests.
Click on a sentence below to listen to it.
Look out for the text turning red to detect when the schwa sound is used during the request and then try and repeat the pronunciation.

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  Units
 
 
Unit 1: Transport
 
  Unit 2: Hotel
 
  Unit 3: Cinema
 
  Unit 4: Shopping
 
 
 
Listen 1: Buying a pair of shoes
 
 
 
Listen 2: Buying some jeans
 
 
 
Read 1: Where to shop in London
 
 
 
Read 2: Oxford Street crime
 
 
 
Speak 1: Using the schwa sound when asking for things
 
 
 
Unit 5: Work
 
Unit 6: Eating Out
 
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  Useful links
 
 
BBC guide to shopping in London