If you’ve been watching my latest video series, you’ll understand that the schwa refers to the reduced vowel sound which English speakers use everywhere. But did you know that this reduction can also affect complete words that are not stressed in a sentence?

As the most common vowel sound in the English language, the schwa indicates which words in a sentence are important, which words you should pay attention to – it helps direct the listeners’ ears.

This is the last in my 5-part series on the schwa. I suggest you watch the previous videos for a more complete understanding. Each video looks at one aspect of the schwa and how it influences our speech in different contexts.

I know it can be a lot to take in but if you watch the entire series, hopefully it will all come together. Please reach out if you have any questions.