Shwa Lesson 4: Glides

In this lesson, we'll cover the remaining letters and some basic punctuation.

l -l h y w r -h

Only two letters need explanation:

Now that you know all the letters, I'm going to give you a sneaky quiz. In each line of the poem below, I've intentionally misspelled one word. Your mission is to mark all four of the errors with a following blot!

      

       

       

        

   


In the next lesson, we going to teach you the Shwa notation for intonation, so you can spell out the "music" of your English. But for now, we're only going to teach you basic punctuation.

The most important punctuation symbol is the Space, which separates words. But in Shwa, it's not just empty space; there's a dot in the middle: 

The other important symbol is called the Break, which is just a vertical line . It plays the role of the hyphen in English: it separates, but not as much as a full space. Sometimes you need it for pronunciation, as in the difference between selfish and shell-fish. And sometimes you just want to show how a word is composed, as in Coca-Cola: .

Finally, we'll teach you the so-called defective system of punctuation, which is used to write the level of spelling that we now have in English, for instance in computer-transcribed text. It consists of five symbols:

The next lesson will teach you how to spell intonation.

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