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How to improve your American Accent: Understanding Schwa

What the heck is SCHWA??? If your goal is to speak English like a native, you definitely want to know! In this American accent lesson, you'll learn all about this important sound and how it impacts the pronunciation of syllables in English words.

Key Takeaways:

1) In all words with more than one syllable, you'll have one stressed syllable, unstressed syllables and sometimes, REDUCED syllables. Reduced syllables are said very quickly and the vowel sound changes to schwa /ə/.

2) Any vowel letter can make the schwa sound.

3) If you want to sound more native in your spoken English, you want to get really good at hearing and imitating the schwa sound.

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