Accents American

Central Vowel Sounds

There are three central vowel sounds to watch out for. ə (sighing sound uh), ʌ(as in pizza hut) s and ɑː (card).

The tongue is more or less in a flat position for pronouncing these central vowel sounds.

You can become mindful of your tongue position by conjuring up an imaginative phrase that contains these central vowel sounds:

ðə ɡʌn əˈlɑːm

Phonetic Translation for “the gun alarm”

Now add some uplifting melody so you can associate it with the tongue position for central vowel sounds:

Check out the video blog version:

Use this rhyme generator so you can create your own central vowel rhyme in the comments section.

By Matthew

Hello! I'm Matthew and I have more than 11 years of teaching experience with a certified TESOL qualification and a Bachelor Degree in Applied Languages. I specialise in standard American and British accent training. In addition, I am half Japanese (and part German) and have lived in many places including Tokyo, London, Milan, Berlin and Budapest so I know how to bridge different cultures!

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