English Schwa Sound- Why It’s Important

I have written about the English schwa sound before, the unstressed vowel, and mentioned that it’s actually the most common vowel in English! That’s one of the reasons it’s so important in English.

If you can’t say or use it in words, then you have trouble sounding natural in English. The English schwa sound needs to be used to convey the correct stress and rhythm of English. That’s another big reason it’s so important in English. The English schwa sound is the sound used to de- stress vowels in words and syllables (hence the frogs in the picture on the bench relaxing and being unstressed!). Without this, English speech sounds staccato and unnatural.

This time I thought I would make a video for you explaining about the schwa sound. Also have a look here, here and here for more training in the English schwa sound.

So have a look at the video and if you have any further questions about the English schwa sound, feel free to ask me in the comments section below.

Best wishes, Esther

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