November 9, 2006
Lesson 5: Stressed and Unstressed /a/, Self-Checkout at the Supermarket
There is a tendency for almost every vowel in unstressed syllables in English to turn into what is called a "schwa." It is the sound like "uh". Listen, for example the "e" in "delivery." When learning Spanish, one of the great challenges is to stop saying "uh." It's nada not naduh! However, in Portuguese, Brazilians also pronounce unstressed /a/ as a schwa. You see, all this time you thought you had bad Spanish and you really just have good Portuguese. As to the cultural situation in this lesson, both Michelle and Valdo had to get used to the self-checkout lines at the supermarket.
Download (right-click): tafalado_05.mp3 (MP3, 9:30, 6.52 MB)