Many of the Chinese speakers who I work with in my accent reduction coaching program have problems pronouncing the American English /r/ sound.
This frequently happens when the /r/ sound occurs in the middle of a word (as a vowel sound).
If you are a Chinese speaker who is trying to improve your American English pronunciation, this might be happening to you too. ☆
To correct this problem, try to think of this sound as ERRR as in PURPLE*.
Words that have an ER as in PURPLE sound include:
Additionally…..some of my Chinese speaking clients don’t say the /ɚ/ sound at the end of words. They tend to drop the sound.
If you do that, it will really contribute to your accent! ✔
While some American English consonants can be silent (such as the silent T sound) we always pronounce the R sound.
If you are a Chinese speaker, do your best to articulate this sound when you speak American English! Articulating your /r/ sounds will make your pronunciation MUCH EASIER to understand.
* I use the Color Vowel Chart to teach my clients the 15 American English vowel sounds.
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