What is the Schwa sound? How Can it Help You Greatly Improve Your Accent?

What is the Schwa sound? How Can it Help You Greatly Improve Your Accent?

What is the schwa sound?

The schwa sound is a vowel sound in the phonetic alphabet.

It is a reduced, unstressed, and neutral sound.

WHAT???

Learn more about “reduced” and “unstressed.”

 

Why the schwa?

Well it has to do with the rhythm of spoken English….see we speak with a certain pattern:

Consonant-vowel-consonant-vowel etc.

And some parts of words are more important than others (learn about word stress here!)

The schwa sound is like a wildcard…a joker…

You can use it to reduce the amount of emphasis you put on one syllable…and use your energy for bigger and better syllables!

Generally, we only use the schwa if the word has more than one syllable.

Like in the word creation:

/kri ei ʆən/

But sometimes

How to Make English Grammar Easy

How to Make English Grammar Easy

I must sound crazy.

I know...You're saying, "English grammar is the hardest thing in the world! You can't make it easy!"

 

Well what if I told you there were ways to make it easier?

 

There is no magic wand.

 

No quick fix.

 

But there are some things you can do to make learning English grammar easier.

 

1. Play games and do quizzes

 

English grammar is hard. Yes...but what's annoying is

How to Practice English Conversation for Super Cheap

How to Practice English Conversation for Super Cheap

What is the number one way to learn a language?

 

Be around native speakers!

 

Now you have some options:

 

  • You could go to an English-speaking country....but that's expensive and hard to do!

 

  • You could pass time with native speakers...but those are hard to find in your city....

 

So how can you practice English conversation, in your area, for super cheap?

 

Let me introduce you to the five ways that you can practice speaking for super cheap or even free!

 

The best part is you can do this in your city, or even at home at your computer!

 

Let's take a look (ingling dictionary):

 

1. Find English speaking events.

10 Tools You Need to Have Perfect English Grammar

10 Tools You Need to Have Perfect English Grammar

A ten hour English grammar class.

 

Can you think of a worse torture? (ingling dictionary)

 

I can't.

 

Basically, grammar is my worst enemy.

 

But not only because it's boring...also because it's not the best way to learn a language.

 

I studied French for about six years in school. But when I went to France, at 18 years old, I couldn't say anything!

 

How is this possible? I thought.

 

Well...it turns out just learning grammar in school isn't enough to learn to speak a foreign language.

 

So how can you REALLY learn English grammar? Well I've made a list of the best tools to help you! Some of them are traditional tools, and others offer a better way of learning English grammar, through having fun and living life!

 

10 tools you need to have perfect English grammar.

 

1. Dave's ESL cafe

 

This website is awesome! I just had to sa

A Ranking of the Best Ways to Really Learn English Speaking

A Ranking of the Best Ways to Really Learn English Speaking

Learning English Speaking is like pushing a really big rock up a hill.

But what if I told you....you could break the rock. And push one small piece at a time...until the whole rock was at the top!

English speaking is hard.

Some might say: "Hard as a rock" (ingling dictionary).

So how can you make it easier? By learning the RIGHT way.

What does that mean?

Well...it means learning the best ways possible.

That's way we have made:

 A ranking of the best ways to really learn English speaking.

#1 Live in an English-Speaking Country

The 9 Biggest Travel English Mistakes You Can Easily Avoid

The 9 Biggest Travel English Mistakes You Can Easily Avoid

I was 18.

I had never left the United States.

All I had, was a backpack and a map.

It was around 6 in the morning, and there was fog over the city.

Frankfurt, Germany.

I stepped off the train, and into a foreign country for the first time in my life.

The long flight, hunger pains in my stomach, and the fact that I had no hostel to stay in…none of it mattered.

This feeling was all that mattered. The feeling of flying as you walk, and having a huge smile on your face, with no apparent reason (dictionary).

For the longest time I had been saving money, dreaming, and planning (oh so much planning!).

But this was the moment I stepped into the real world. The moment that everything amounted to (dictionary), the moment I realized I was a grown-up (dictionary).

After about twenty minutes that feeling went away.

And I was faced with reality.

I was in a foreign country, and I had nowhere to stay.

The joy of travelling cannot exist without the realities (dictionary).

My hope is to help you sort out (dictionary) the realities of your trip….the English you will need to speak!

So if you need help with your travel English….keep reading!