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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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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
  Useful links
BBC guide to shopping in London