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  • So if we want to sound more British, we want to sound clearer.

  • We want to sound good when we speak English, especially if we're learning British English.

  • We need to first learn how to be lazy.

  • So those of you who've been following me for a while you would know that I am a pronunciation teacher.

  • On one of the most common questions I received from everyone, people taking my pronunciation course, people who are subscribe to this channel.

  • People are always asking me about the Schwab's sound.

  • Now I have made a video about the Schwab sound before.

  • You can go and watch that first if you don't know how to pronounce it or how to do it.

  • In case you don't want to watch that video, we pronounce the Schwab's sound.

  • When we have weak words in a sentence, for example, a word like four can often become for what did you do for Christmas?

  • Okay, it can also happen at the end of words, which finished with her.

  • So, for example, teacher would be pronounced as a teacher, so it's an up sound.

  • But the one that we're learning about today is probably one of the most difficult and most important situations, Which is when the Schwab's sound happens in a weak syllable.

  • In a word, British people use the Schwab everywhere.

  • It's the most common sound in British English on We need It.

  • We need to learn how toe add this lazy sounds into our spoken English to sound mawr fluent and more like a native.

  • So, firstly, just so we understand why we use the Schwab sound and this is my favorite sound in English.

  • It's my favorite sound to teach because it's so easy to teach, but but it is a little bit difficult because we don't always know when it's going to happen.

  • It happens in an unstrap EST syllable a week unstrap est syllable.

  • So, for example, when we have the word about about the stress is on the second syllable.

  • About about.

  • I'm saying, it's strong, my pitch is going up and it's becoming a little bit longer.

  • What about that letter?

  • A.

  • At the beginning, I'm not saying about on.

  • No British people would say about will always say it as a remember.

  • It's not stressed.

  • It's a weak syllable, so we still need to keep it relaxed about about you should notice that more power is going into the about on the, uh, is just there to help you carry the words.

  • This happens in lots and lots of different words now, just very quickly to pronounce the Schwab sound, the tongue should be relaxed in the middle, off the mouth, just floating, relaxed in the middle of the mouth on We just open our mouth like we're breathing.

  • But uh huh Now practice that word with me about so yes, it can replace every vowel in English.

  • It can replace every vowel in English, but not always so.

  • This is why it's important to always have a dictionary with you, which can show you how to pronounce the words you're learning.

  • Let's just take a look at a few more words, which have the Schwab replacing the letter A in a weak syllable.

  • Amazing.

  • So the stress is on May, and at the beginning we have a amazing away away alone.

  • Let's try one where it's in the middle of a word vitamin Vitor min, So the stress in the word vitamin is on the on.

  • We have this weak syllable in the middle of the word where the A is, we're going to replace it with a Schwab sound vitamin.

  • The reason we do this number one, I think it's because British speakers air a little bit lazy, but this is the way to pronounce it.

  • This is the way that we're supposed to pronounce it on, American would say vitamin on the same in Australia also.

  • So what we always need to remember is that these words have a stressed syllable.

  • So sometimes not always.

  • The vowel in a weak syllable in a word, can be relaxed and become a.

  • But we have to know when we just have to listen to people on kind of just hear it and understand when it happens.

  • We can't just decide.

  • I'm going to put a sua in.

  • This word doesn't work like that.

  • Unfortunately, we just have to practice from listening on reading the dictionary.

  • So now let's try some words with a SWAT replaces the letter e present.

  • So the stresses on prey we finished with Zandt's present.

  • This one's a little bit tricky because there are a lot of syllables in this word experiment.

  • Schwab is at the end Munt experiment now.

  • Always remember that Schwab is not in a stressed syllable, so we say it fast.

  • We say it relaxed tongue is just chilling.

  • It's just relaxing in the middle of the mouth.

  • We don't need to do much to pronounce the Soissons confident, confident, celebrate, celebrate, celebrate sometimes with the letter I.

  • It has a regional variation, but if you look it up in the Cambridge dictionary, the pronunciation off cousin would be with a cousin cousin cousin.

  • Remember that stresses on the first syllable.

  • So it's stronger, more power on that first syllable cut zone cousin.

  • And of course, it can also happen with the letter o The word occur.

  • Occur now.

  • This one's also tricky because lots of people have problems with that final er sound.

  • It's actually a very similar position to where we put the tongue for the Schwab on the mouth position is also very similar, but it's longer, So a cur.

  • What about the word?

  • Continue.

  • So we've got the Schwab in the first syllable.

  • Continue.

  • Big word coming up now collaborate.

  • We have to.

  • Schwab's here, so this is a great way to practice it.

  • Lab rate collaborate.

  • Where's the stress?

  • It's on lab Kerr elaborate on.

  • We can also use the SWAT to replace the letter.

  • You, for example, Support supports stresses on port.

  • So we're relaxing the first syllable support.

  • So one of my students told me once a great way to remember the Schwab's sound is to imagine you're having really boring sex.

  • So you're making noises just to sound polite, like you're not bored.

  • You want the person listening to think that you're enjoying the experience, right?

  • So the sound you probably be making would be a little bit like this.

  • A.

  • Now put that on the end of a word.

  • Teacher, a teacher, same sound, right?

  • So it's the boring sex sound.

  • Maybe that will help you remember it.

  • Anyway, that's it for today.

  • Thank you very much for watching guys.

  • I'm sorry.

  • This video is short.

  • I'm actually very sick at the moment, and I didn't really have much energy, so I didn't have much time to make a long video, but I hope you found it useful on.

  • I hope you can start improving your Schwab's sound.

  • Remember, you can enroll in my British pronunciation course and start improving your spoken English right now if you go to E t j english dot com I can't wait to see you all there.

  • Have a lovely week.

  • I will see you next Thursday.

  • Cheers, guys.

  • Bye.

  • Yeah.

So if we want to sound more British, we want to sound clearer.

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A2 schwab syllable sound weak british pronounce

The SCHWA /ə/ in Weak Syllables | Modern RP British Pronunciation

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/10/23
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