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There once was a lady from Niger
Schwa exercise

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Click on the play button to listen to the poem and then click on the vowels where you hear the schwa sound, also called the neutral e because it is said with very little energy, and which is written ə in the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA).

An example of the schwa: the "e" in "the book".

When you've done both exercises (this one on the schwa and the one on stress), practice saying the poem aloud in time with the recording. Do not "repeat afterwards" as that brings in an element of memorisation, but speak at the same time so that your voice is naturally guided by the other voice - just as if you were learning to sing a song.


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Th once ws lady frm Nig,
Who went fr ride on tig.
They came back frm th ride
With th lady inside,
smile on th face f th tig.