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// and /I/

Overview of unstressed vowels

Unstressed v Stressed vowels


Any words with more than one syllable will contain both stressed and unstressed vowel sounds. So far we have only looked at stressed vowel sounds /eI/ or // for example.

Unstressed v Stressed
Stressed vowels have added stress on them. Unstressed vowels have less stress on them. An obvious example is the first and final vowel sound in:

Computer
(No, its not computerrrrr)

schwa //
// is the most common unstressed vowel sound. It is actually the most common sound in all of language in the world (but particularly in English). Can you find the schwa in these words:

banana garden correct support

// position
banana garden correct support

/I/
/I/ is another common unstressed vowel. Can you find the /I/ in the following words:

orange

wanted

music

minute

/I/ position

orange

wanted

music

minute

Spot the difference // + /I/ or neither or both


computer oven pay cabbage wanted confront pleasant manager began find famous minute Gareth storm specialise

Spot the difference


Here are the answers:
//
computer oven

/ I/
cabbage wanted

neither
pay find

both
manager

confront
pleasant famous Gareth Specialise

began
minute

storm

Total - 7

Total - 4

Total - 3

Total - 1