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Today, we are going to learn how to use the schwa to sound like a British person, and

we are going to learn right now!

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Let's watch a short dialogue, which uses the schwa sound, spoken by a very British person,

and then afterwards I will help you understand what you heard.

Hey! How are you doing? I was going to put the kettle on.

Do you want a cup of tea? Milk and sugar?

British speakers use the schwa sound to make it easier to speak, and because it creates

a beautiful rhythm. The schwa is the most common sound in English

and the easiest to make. Think of the word 'about'. It has two syllables.

The first syllable, which is the letter A, is the schwa. A-bout. About.

Quite often British speakers will replace unstressed words with the schwa. In the dialogue

I used the schwa to replace words like 'Are', 'And', 'To' and 'Of'.

I also used the common forms of 'going to' 'gonna' and 'want a' 'wanna'. So let's look

at the dialogue again, but this time with subtitles using this symbol to help you identify

the schwa. So, if you wanna learn more about how to improve

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