I need examples for English words which contain the sounds ɤ (close-mid back unrounded vowel) and ɐ (schwa, an unstressed neutral vowel). But I am not sure if there are such words at all. If there aren't, I'd like examples for words which contain similar sounds. As I don't understand phonetics well, I can't think of such words by myself. My best guess is to use words like
duck, which to me sound very similar, but are actually written with
Some background details for the question: I want to explain (in chat) to an English speaker (who reads Cyrillic, but doesn't speak Bulgarian) how the letter
ъ is pronounced in Bulgarian. None of us has any education in phonetics. So while I have found out that it is pronounced as
the close-mid back unrounded vowel ɤ when stressed and
ɐ when not stressed, this doesn't mean anything to him.