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How to pronounce r in British English

Posted on Monday, March 13, 2017 by Positivevoice

Today's post is an extract from my digital course in British accent coaching.

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IPA Symbol

r

Sound

‘r’

Spelling

Variations

r run

wr write

rr sorry

rh rhino

When to pronounce 'r'

What makes 'r' a challenge is not just to do with its pronunciation, but also to do with the fact that we often don't pronounce the letter 'r' in words. Here are a few examples where the 'r' sound is not pronounced: here, far, start, store, were, work, her, perfect, near, hair, where, water, wonder... The list is fairly endless. You may find it interesting to know that we only pronounce the 'r' sound when it appears before a vowel. So, in the word 'remember', we pronounce the letter 'r' that appears at the beginning of the word, but not the 'r' at the end of the word. You have probably noticed that there are a few words that appear in the above list where the 'r' does come before a vowel, such as here, store and were, the important thing to notice with these words is that the letter 'r' appears towards the end of the word and that the 'e' sound is not pronounced. In the word 'remembering', we pronounce both 'r' sounds.

How to pronounce 'r':

This is a voiced consonant, which means air passes over the vocal chords when producing the sound. The sound produced is mostly due to the positioning of the tongue. The tongue is pulled back in the mouth (some people curl it back and get an almost perfect sound, you will not get a perfect sound doing it in this way). The tongue widens causing the edges to touch the top back teeth, the tip of the tongue touches the middle of the palate. If you make the sound in slow motion, it will sound a bit like a dog growling. The tongue should not flap around, hitting the palate (roof of the mouth) when you produce the sound- if it does, you are doing it incorrectly.

If you still haven't quite got it, this video should help:



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