The R-blend Sound
The American R is like a vowel because it does not touch anywhere in the mouth. In Korean, Japanese, Spanish, Italian, Greek and many other languages, the R is a consonant because it touches behind the teeth. The American R is produced deep in the throat. Like the French R and the German R, the American R is in the throat, but unlike those two consonant sounds, it doesn't touch. Let's contrast two similar sounds: [ä] and [r]. Hold your hand out in front of you, with your palm up, like you are holding a tray on it. Slightly drop your hand down, and say ah, like you want the doctor to see your throat. Now, curl your fingers up slightly, and say [r]. Your tongue should feel in about the same position as your hand.
The cluster "tr" which resembles one affricative sound like a very hard [ch].
The R sound is very challenging for many non-native speakers (and some native speakers, too!).
Instructions to make this sound: Is your tongue raised high in the center of your mouth? Or is your tongue tip curled back to the center of your mouth, not touching the roof. There is no vibrating motion of the tongue-just a smooth movement.
Common Problems: Using an L, so "rate" sounds like "late."
Common Spellings: R as in “ring,” RR as in “worry,” RH as in “rhyme,” WR as in “wreck,” L as in “colonel.”
read read the paper
rent raise the rent
very it’s very realistic
arrive arrive early Friday
they’re they’re near here
our it’s our turn
farther move farther forward
Can you determine the square root of forty-four?
Ron’s voice was hoarse and his throat was sore.
R is a difficult sound for many people and it can become even harder to pronounce when it is next to another consonant sound. When it is with another consonant, it is called an “r-blend” because the two sounds blend together. Common Problems: Using an L, so "present" sounds like "pleasant." Not pronouncing the R so “present” sounds like “peasant” and “girl” sounds like “gull”
Common Spellings: PR as in “practice,” BR as in “bring,” CR as in “crime,” GR as in “grass,” TR as in “try”
present a birthday present hard a hard surface
fresh fresh fruit warm some warm weather
crowd three’s a crowd work work long hours
Three race car drivers survived the wreck.
Turn right at the corner of
an L / R blend is a consonant + L or R
bled bread fire file cram clam brink blink supplies surprise
clown crown grade glade boulder border green glean bland brand
play pray fresh flesh blade braid tile tire bloom broom
blush brush gloom groom plop prop blue brew
1. Laura and Larry rarely lull their rural
roosters to sleep.
2. Sri Lankans are really leery of Landry's rules.
3. Climbing crimes are lures for crowded clowns.
4. There are free fleas for all the loyal royalty.
5. It's the right light with the glimmer in the mirror.
6. Collecting the corrections is the role of the elderly.
7. Are Roland and Sally rallying here in the lobby?
8. Jerry's berry jelly really rankled his roiling belly.
9. Yellow arrows frilled with reefed leaves are rarely light.
10. A leaky rear latch on the listing bark lifted right up and the water rushed in.
The groom felt much gloom as he walked into the
Don’t buy that brand because it is too bland.
The teacher will collect the papers so she can correct them.
The clown wears a gold crown.
There was fire in the office, so the file is gone.