The Spelling of the Schwa sound:
Making an educated guess
When a vowel sound isn't stressed then it's often difficult to work out how to spell it.
Read the following words
and listen to way you say the underlined vowels:
The chances are you didn't pronounce them very clearly. These are examples of the schwa sound and you might
guess that any of the vowels would fit:
relative relation (the -a- is stressed)
cigarette cigar (the -a- is stressed)
information inform (the -or- is stressed)
1. Put the missing vowels in the following words. Then copy the whole word in the third column.
2. Now memorize the focus words and test yourself. Concentrate particularly on the underlined vowels.