Due to the bad example they give in the table shown above i cannot tell the difference between the two. about and bud both sound exactly the same to me and to anyone i ask (i am a native in the u.s). about sounds like ubout and bud sounds like bud .
Could someone give me a better example for ə? Would it be the same as the a in the world apple or banana?
Any help for distinguishing the difference between the two would be greatly appreciated.
Link to russian ipa table: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:IPA/Russian
Thank you in advance