Syllable Exercise – Up in the Air

Read the section in the text about syllables, then listen to the speech George Clooney’s character plays in this video clip. The first time you listen, watch his mouth, and his face as much as possible. Listen to it again, and this time follow along with the text. 

Now,  go through the text looking for three things. 

  1. Syllables (put a slash between the syllables, or something else meaningful).
  2. Stressed syllables (often a grave quote is used for that – `)
  3. Vowels that have been reduced to schwa [ə] (circle them, color them, or anything meaningful).