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  • Eat Sleep Dreamers welcome back to another lesson with me Tom. Today I've got a super

  • quick bit-size lesson for you. We're looking at the most important sound in English, the

  • schwa sound. So if you want to improve your British English accent, stay tuned.

  • Today we are going to look at why the schwa sound is so important for you to learn and then

  • we are going to look at lots of examples. So, why do we use the schwa? Well, English

  • is a stress-timed language and therefore we use stress to indicate the most important

  • information in a sentence. Within that sentence you are going to have unstressed words and

  • syllables. Now this is where the schwa comes in because the schwa is the sound that we

  • use for unstressed sounds. Commonly we'll find them in grammatical words like pronouns,

  • articles, prepositions. Alright, but what is the schwa sound? The sound is 'uh'. To

  • me it sounds like me as a teenager. You know, anyone would ask me a question and I'd be

  • like 'uh'. 'Tom do you want a cup of tea?' 'uh' 'Tom do you want to go to the cinema?'

  • 'uh'. My teenage self basically. Were you like that as a teenager? Let me know! Now

  • we know it's the most common vowel sound in English, let's look at how it changes depending

  • on the stress. Take the word 'man'. The /a/ is fully pronounced 'man'. When 'man' is put

  • in to another word where it's not the stressed sound then it changes. So 'policeman' the

  • stress there has shifted to the 'ice' of police and then the 'man' has changed. There's no

  • stress, so we're going to use the schwa sound. Policeman. Now I said that lots of grammatical

  • words are unstressed like prepositions, pronouns and articles. Now this is when we use the

  • schwa. We call this a weak form. Take the word 'for'. Now I could say 'for' when it's

  • stressed. If it's in the middle of a sentence and it's not stressed then we are going to

  • use the schwa sound. Here's an example. 'I got this for you.' Did you hear the sound

  • there? It's not 'for you' f' f'you. So I'm using the schwa f'you. It's unstressed. it

  • makes it easier for me to say the sentence if I use the schwa as the weak form. So 'I

  • got this for you.' Say it after me 'I got this for you'. Alright, another example. Take

  • the word 'of'. Now fully pronounced 'of' ok. But when it's unstressed and in the middle

  • of a sentence, it's a weak form. 'Have you watched the Sound of Music?' So it's not 'Sound

  • of Music' it's 'Sound of Music'. So again a weak form. Now I've done a video on weak

  • forms, if you want to check it out, click just above. As I said before we use the schwa

  • for vowel sounds. So let's go through the vowel sounds and give examples. So A 'again'.

  • Not again, again. E, 'the'. It can be the when there is stress there but if it's not

  • stressed the. I, 'family'. O, 'dinosaur' not dinosaur, dinosaur. U, 'octopus'. And finally

  • for today, let's look at words that end in an 'r' because if a word ends in 'r' we are

  • going to use the schwa. That rhymes! 'If the word ends in /r/ we're going to use a schwa.

  • Alright, no rapping! I promise, no rapping! So take 'actor', 'doctor', 'water', 'daughter'.

  • So as you see there it ends in the schwa sound. I hope you enjoyed that guys, I know how much

  • you love pronunciation lessons. If you did enjoy it please let me know. Give me a big

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  • I've got new videos every Tuesday and every Friday helping you take your English to the

  • next level. Thank you as always guys, this was Tom, the Chief Dreamer, saying goodbye!

Eat Sleep Dreamers welcome back to another lesson with me Tom. Today I've got a super

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