How do you pronounce courage?

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!