Where does schwa occur?

The Schwa Vowel Sound

Using the reduced schwa vowel sound before or after (sometimes before AND after) the stressed vowel sound creates CONtrast. Americans depend on hearing the CONtrast between stressed and unstressed vowel sounds. That’s one way that we identify words.

How to pronounce launch

When coaching people on how to improve their American accent I frequently hear people say LUNCH when they intend to say LAUNCH. Here’s how to pronounce lunch and launch distinctly.

Common Phrases with Tapped T

If you’ve been studying the American accent, you know that the tapped T sound is a critical skill for speaking in a manner that sounds natural. Here are some common phrases with tapped T.