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    Schwa or dipthong used in male, sail, sale

    I have an English teacher who uses the schwa in male, sail and sale rather than the dipthong ae. Is this a correct way of speaking?

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    Re: Schwa or dipthong used in male, sail, sale

    Quote Originally Posted by Lewis12 View Post
    I have an English teacher who uses the schwa in male, sail and sale rather than the dipthong ae. Is this a correct way of speaking?
    I would be very surprised to hear a native speaker pronounce them like that.

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    Re: Schwa or dipthong used in male, sail, sale

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I would be very surprised to hear a native speaker pronounce them like that.
    Me too. The words produced would be unrecognisable. Lewis's use of 'the dipthong ae' makes me wonder if s/he really means that her teacher uses schwa in these words. There is no 'diphthong ae'. The sound speakers of Br E use in that word is the diphthong /eɪ/.

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