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:

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