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Unit 25: Spelling the schwa ending: er ar or our re a
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Unit 25: Word endings: -er, -ar, -or, -our, -re, -a and -ery,

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Spelling the schwa ending: a

Teaching point One final way of spelling the schwa sound on the end of the word is to use the letter a.
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a as in pizza a as in panda

Most words ending in a are foreign in origin but have now become part of the English language. There are also many proper nouns - names of people or places.

It may be useful to learn them in sets of words which have something in common:
for example:

Animals Food Musical terms
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zebra
gorilla
koala
llama
tarantula
anaconda
cobra
hyena
puma
chihuahua
tuna

also: cheetah

banana
pasta
samosa
semolina
soda
soya
sultana
vanilla
vodka
ballerina
cantata
harmonica
opera
orchestra
samba
sonata
tuba
viola
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Medical terms People's names Places
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asthma
bacteria
cholera
coma
amnesia
anaemia
(US: anemia)
hysteria
insomnia
leukaemia
(US: leukemia)
malaria
mania
phobia
pneumonia

Anna
Barbara
Donna
Emma
Gemma
Joanna
Laura
Martha
Sara (Sarah)
Tara
Vera
Gloria
Maria
Victoria
America
Angola
Argentina
Botswana
China
Ghana
Jamaica
Kenya
Libya
Nicaragua
Sri Lanka
Uganda
Arabia
Australia
Austria
Algeria
Colombia
Indonesia
Malaysia
Russia
Zambia
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The next list has some more useful words ending in a :

area
arena
aroma
camera
cinema
comma
data
dilemma
diploma
drama
encyclopedia
(sometimes spelled encyclopaedia)
era
extra
formula
gala
larva*
lava*
panorama
peninsula
replica
sauna
sofa
stamina
umbrella
villa
visa
yoga
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