is a basic element of American English Pronunciation.
English is a stress based language.
stressed syllables: louder, stronger
unstressed syllables: shorter, softer
Reduction happens when we don’t stress a syllable.
The unstressed vowel sound becomes shorter, softer …/ə/.
Many common words are often unstressed.
In this video, we focus on one of them:
Modal Auxiliary Verb CAN
And now it’s your turn.
What do you hear?
/kən/ or /kæn/