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English pronunciation is easy, right? Well, maybe it isn’t always a piece of cake, but Tim’s back in the pronunciation workshop and ready to give a helping hand. This time he’s looking at an aspect of spoken English called ‘schwa’. The symbol for the schwa sound looks like this /ə/.

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Transcript:
Tim
Hi, I’m Tim and this is my pronunciation workshop. Here, I’m gonna show you how English is really spoken. It’ll help you to become a better listener and a more fluent speaker. You ready? Come on, follow me. Now, there’s an idiom in the English language that means that something is really easy. Any idea what it is? Well, here’s a clue. Do you know now? Let’s ask the people of London.

Voxpops
It’s a piece of cake
It’s a piece of cake
It’s a piece of cake
It’s a piece of cake

Tim
A piece of cake – an expression that means that something is really easy to do, as well as meaning – a piece of cake. But listen again to the words ‘a’ and ‘of’. They are actually pronounced the same. What is the sound and are those words stressed?

Voxpops
It’s a piece of cake
It’s a piece of cake
It’s a piece of cake
It’s a piece of cake

Tim
The words ‘a’ and ‘of’ are both pronounced as /ə/ and they’re not stressed. This sound /ə/ is the most common sound in the whole English language. It’s so common that it even has its own name – schwa. Now, it can be difficult to hear the schwa because it is never stressed. However, it’s a vowel sound that’s used in many grammar words like articles and prepositions. Here are some more examples.

I like a cup of tea in the morning.
Could you get a packet of biscuits?
Can you give it to me?
I had an apple for lunch today.

Tim
So, you’ve heard the examples, and now it’s your turn. Are you ready to start? Listen and repeat.

I like a cup of tea in the morning.
Could you get me a packet of biscuits?
Can you give it to me?
I had an apple for lunch today.

Tim
Great work. Now remember, if you want to learn more about pronunciation then please visit our website: bbclearningenglish.com. That’s about it from the pronunciation workshop for now. I’ll see you soon. Bye bye.
Now, I’ve got a cup of tea and I’ve got a biscuit, I’m looking forward to a piece of cake.
That was a mistake, but a tasty one.

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41 COMMENTS

  1. M M Posted on June 29, 2020 at 5:39 pm

    Today I've finished the entire series of this pronunciation workshop. Heartfelt thanks Tim and The BBC Learning English Team, Finn, Rob, Catherine and other guys. You've really helped me boosting my English. I've completed the upper intermediate course and now I am taking "toward advanced" course, they're both great. I highly recommend anyone to use your website.
    Thank you again. Much love and respect.♡

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  2. Sonia Mahey Posted on June 29, 2020 at 5:39 pm

    Learning a language is not a piece of cake!

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  3. Coouge Posted on June 29, 2020 at 5:39 pm

    I’m hearing “iza peesa cake” ??!!

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  4. y lupe Posted on June 29, 2020 at 5:39 pm

    Hi, How is the word "looking at you" pronounced? Please

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  5. Minh Tam Posted on June 29, 2020 at 5:39 pm

    In Việt Nam we have an sentence “Dễ như ăn kẹo” means it’s easy as eating candy

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  6. André Vaiano Posted on June 29, 2020 at 5:39 pm

    Beautiful eyes 👀 end good explanation!

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  7. نور الهدي Posted on June 29, 2020 at 5:39 pm

    Thank you 🌹🌹🌹🌹

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  8. Desirée Jones Posted on June 29, 2020 at 5:39 pm

    For me is very difficult british pronunsation ays…

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  9. Ross Blackburn Posted on June 29, 2020 at 5:39 pm

    English is my first language what am I doing here lol

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  10. Mahya Aliasgari Posted on June 29, 2020 at 5:39 pm

    thanks Tom but its wasnt a piece of cake

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  11. Hanuman bali Posted on June 29, 2020 at 5:39 pm

    How you are so clear

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  12. David loves summer Posted on June 29, 2020 at 5:39 pm

    0:48 is the second when I can't get enough concentration on the lesson properly. Look at his face though!!!

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  13. Minakshi Bajwa Posted on June 29, 2020 at 5:39 pm

    Thanks Tim🌺

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  14. varinder kaur ghrail Posted on June 29, 2020 at 5:39 pm

    U are adorable

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  15. varinder kaur ghrail Posted on June 29, 2020 at 5:39 pm

    😍😍😍

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  16. pranav manohaur Posted on June 29, 2020 at 5:39 pm

    As I'm pronouncing it I can see some rainbow colored droplets on the screen!

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  17. XCAEVZ Posted on June 29, 2020 at 5:39 pm

    Here we go again to Tim's workshop

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  18. Avru Vimtu Posted on June 29, 2020 at 5:39 pm

    Put it on 1,25x speed. There you go.

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  19. Ítalo Figueiredo Posted on June 29, 2020 at 5:39 pm

    I'm portuguese native speaker from brazil and i'm crazing with these unpronounceables english sounds (lol). Even so, thank you for the lessons.

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  20. Cool Person Posted on June 29, 2020 at 5:39 pm

    You should repeat slowly "a piece of cake" and "a cup a tea"

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  21. Maximimiano Caceres Posted on June 29, 2020 at 5:39 pm

    Hi, I have a doubt about Tim's pronunciation. I heard that he pronounces Ts as a tap, when those are in final position. I thought this wasn't a trait of the English accent. Now, my question is: Is this common among others native speakers?

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  22. English with Joe Posted on June 29, 2020 at 5:39 pm

    Schwa is the most common sound in English, yet most native speakers dont know they use it 🙂

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  23. Australian English with Jason Posted on June 29, 2020 at 5:39 pm

    There's no way you could call English pronunciation a piece of cake.

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  24. Amitmanoj Gupta Posted on June 29, 2020 at 5:39 pm

    So good

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  25. Hoàng Kim Việt Posted on June 29, 2020 at 5:39 pm

    What I learnt from this video:
    – Sound: Schwa
    – Noun: Clue
    :-0

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  26. Prabhaharan Vellaipandi Posted on June 29, 2020 at 5:39 pm

    really fascinating one.

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  27. Hữu Tài Nguyễn Posted on June 29, 2020 at 5:39 pm

    i really love your accents

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  28. pêche Posted on June 29, 2020 at 5:39 pm

    LOVE U TIM💕❤💖💗💜💙💛💘💟💫💓💞💝👼 XD

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  29. User 10482 Posted on June 29, 2020 at 5:39 pm

    This is silly..just pronounce the way it is spelled😂😂

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  30. Hanad Yare Posted on June 29, 2020 at 5:39 pm

    Thanks for lot

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  31. Z. Mr Posted on June 29, 2020 at 5:39 pm

    people are lazy when they prounce it.

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  32. Said Bello Posted on June 29, 2020 at 5:39 pm

    Thanks for your amazing job

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  33. Bobobob boboboob Posted on June 29, 2020 at 5:39 pm

    In Poland we say that something is like a bread with butter not a pice of cake 😉

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  34. rhysmonkey Posted on June 29, 2020 at 5:39 pm

    Mind blown!

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  35. Miss Angel Posted on June 29, 2020 at 5:39 pm

    👌🤣😚🍰

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  36. Maria rosa casadio Posted on June 29, 2020 at 5:39 pm

    I like these videos; very useful to improve my English! thank you:)

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  37. Nga Đỗ Posted on June 29, 2020 at 5:39 pm

    i can not hear clearly “ə” sound when she say "packet of "

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  38. ENGLISH CENTER Posted on June 29, 2020 at 5:39 pm

    it is useful

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  39. Quang Anh Official Posted on June 29, 2020 at 5:39 pm

    thanks for this series 😊

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  40. Shabbir Hussain Posted on June 29, 2020 at 5:39 pm

    Hello! I love to learn BbC English Pronunciation from native speakers like Tim.

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