Do you use the /ɚ/ sound?
If you’re serious about refining your American accent, you need to know when to use the /ɚ/ sound.
Say/ɚ/ with light stress
There’s a good chance that you’re currently either
- over-pronouncing this sound (Spanish speakers)
- dropping this sound (Chinese speakers)
If you do that, your speech will sound unfamiliar to American listeners.
You should always say the /ɚ/ sound with light stress.
When to use the /ɚ/ sound
The unstressed /ɚ/sound is found in words including:
Dropping this sound
Dropping this sound will make your words sound incomplete.
This often happens to Chinese speakers.
Over pronouncing this sound
Over pronouncing this sound will make your speech sound choppy.
This often happens to Spanish speakers.
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About the author
Susan Ryan is the author of the ConfidentVoice blog and an American English communication and accent reduction coach.