American English Pronunciation Problems for Chinese Speakers

American English Pronunciation Problems for Chinese Speakers

American English pronunciation problems for Chinese speakers

American English pronunciation problems for Chinese speakers

Many of the Chinese speakers who I work with in my accent reduction coaching program have difficulty pronouncing the American English /r/ sound.

If you’re a Chinese speaker, working to improve your American English communication skills, this might be happening to you.

Pronouncing R in the Middle of a Word

Mispronunciation of /r/ frequently happens when the /r/ sound occurs in the middle of a word (as a vowel sound).

To correct this problem, try to think of this sound as ERRR as in PURPLE

American English words that should have a nice sharp ER as in PURPLE sound include:

  • girl
  • world
  • occur
  • courage
  • learn

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Pronouncing R at the End of a Word

Additionally, many Chinese speakers don’t say the /ɚ/ sound at the end of words.

American English words that end in a little /ɚ/ sound include:

  • better
  • water
  • later
  • future

Instead, they tend to drop the sound.

If you do that, it will sound strange to the American listener. We may not understand the word.

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I can show you how

If you’re Chinese English speaker who’d like to learn how to pronounce the R sound in the words girl, world, learn & courage, check out my training programs by following the link below.

My training programs will teach you how speak American English in a way that your colleagues will respect and understand!

Free trial lessons are available.

About the author

Susan Ryan is the author of the ConfidentVoice blog and an American English communication and accent reduction coach.