How to say it - /e/ and /ə/ sounds
This sound has the mouth in a similar position to /ɪ/, except the tongue is lower and the mouth is more open.
Be careful! The /e/ sound is common in English, in words such as:
This is the most common sound in English, but many students don't know about it because it is a spoken sound only, and it is not written. The name of this sound is a 'schwa'.
English words usually have one stressed vowel sound, and maybe one semi-stressed vowel sound. Stressed sounds are pronounced louder and slower than other sounds. Semi-stressed vowels are pronounced a little louder and slower than other sounds. All the other vowels are unstressed, and use /ə/ or sometimes /ʌ/. People with different accents use the schwa differently. Some accents have it more, whereas some have it less.
/ə/ and weak forms
To improve your English pronunciation a lot, learn the correct pronunciation of the words in the white box below.
|Spelling of the word||Strong form with a stressed vowel sound||Weak form with an unstressed vowel sound|
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