What is the schwa sound?
The schwa sound is a vowel sound in the phonetic alphabet.
It is a reduced, unstressed, and neutral sound.
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:
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/