This is the 6th vowel symbol in our IPA British phonetic chart.
This is a short vowel sound. We know it is a short vowel because it does not have 2 marks (:) after it.
This is the most common vowel sound in English. It is the sound used in weakly stressed syllables.
The schwa is heard in words such as sofa /ˈsəʊfə/, along /əˈlɒŋ/, computer /kəmpju:tə/.
Notice the extra symbol /ˈ/ used in words with more than one syllable. This shows that the main stress on the word goes on the syllable after the /ˈ/ symbol.