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Which word is the correct one for the schwa sound?
heard,beard, dear, or heart
Thanks a lot dears
Last edited by waleed123456; 02-Apr-2012 at 20:52.
None of them. The schwa sound is the one you hear in:
the book, a book, banana, about.
Incidentally, 'dears' is not an appropriate way to address people in English, even though it is in some other languages.
If I had to pick one, I'd say "heard" is, in RP, the closest to the schwa sound, the neutral vowel. In rhotic geolects, the /r/ would eclipse that right out, however.
Like Raymott, I pronounce 'beard, dear' with a diphthong that glides from /i/ to /ə/. However, I would not use this diphthong as a model for the schwa sound, or a respose to the original question - "Which word is the correct one for the schwa sound?"