At least once a week, I teach the correct pronunciation of the word courage to my accent reduction coaching clients.
The stressed vowel sound is /ɝ/ as in Purple.
The unstressed vowel has a schwa sound /ə/.
Say it like this ☛ kɝ➝ǝʤe
- I have the kɝ➝ǝʤe to try new things.
A similar word is encourage.
Say it like this ☛ ǝnkɝ➝ǝʤe
- My boss ǝnkɝ➝ǝʤez me to speak more slowly.
Remember, in order to communicate more clearly, you MUST understand how to articulate the 15 American English vowel sounds!