What is a Schwa? Helping Students Read and Spell the Schwa Sound
Schwa may be the most misunderstood sound in English. Most people have heard of schwa, but it is rare that a teacher or a student knows that:
- Every vowel may say the schwa sound
- Schwa is the most common sound in every dialect of English
- Schwa may sound like /ŭ/ or /ǐ/ in English words
- Schwa occurs in unaccented syllables and unaccented words
Linguistically, schwa is an unaccented vowel sound.