The A Sound

The \ā\ Sound

The \ā\ sound is one of the easiest sounds to produce. Simply say it as ‘eɪ’ like when you pronounce the letter A.

Examples:

• adjacent — /əˈdʒeɪ.sənt/ 

• resumé — /ˈrez.ʊ.meɪ/ 

• verbatim — /vɝːˈbeɪ.t̬əm/ 

• marmalade — /ˈmɑːr.mə.leɪd/ 

• wafer — /ˈweɪ.fɚ/ 

• pagan — /ˈpeɪ.ɡən/ 

Note: The \ə\ symbol is called a schwa.

Now try the rest of the words in the picture yourself. You can check out Cambridge Dictionary as reference for the correct pronunciation.

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