Words spelled with an ‘A’ but said with a schwa. Don’t pronounce these words incorrectly!
Students often get confused about whether a word spelled with an ‘a’ at the beginning, is said as an ay, e, or a.
I want to talk about special words spelt with an ‘A’ at the beginning, but when the ‘a’ says the de-stressed schwa vowel /ə/. It doesn’t matter which accent you are practising, these words begin with a schwa.
I think you’ll be surprised at how many common words begin with a schwa. Of course, this isn’t an exhaustive list, but once you start to be aware of it, you can hear if there’s a schwa at the beginning or not.
English practise words:
English practise sentences:
What about that?
Lean against the table.
He can afford the best one.
Some others that follow the same pattern are:
Asleep, avoid, acute, astronomer, apology, attack, approach, assign, apartment, amuse, abrupt, account, along, alone.
Also, for more practise material check out this lesson on pronunciation tip for ‘a’ letter.
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Bye for now.