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  1. Newbie
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    #1

    pronunciation of schwa

    Hello, this my first post - could somebody assess my pronunciation of schwa in these words:

    America:
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    success:
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    data:
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    doctor:
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    banana:
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    #2

    Re: pronunciation of schwa

    Hi, and welcome to the forum!

    Your schwas are pretty good. English speakers are generally forgiving about this, and every one of them is perfectly understandable.

    If you're aiming for an American pronunciation, you should reduce the /t/ in data to a tongue flap. This is a minor point though; your pronunciation is perfectly comprehensible.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: pronunciation of schwa

    Thank you very much.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 22-Apr-2020 at 07:59.

  4. Editor, UsingEnglish.com
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    #4

    Re: pronunciation of schwa

    They work for my British ears too.

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