How to pronounce vowels before R

How to pronounce vowels before R

How to pronounce vowels before R

How to pronounce vowels before R

One feature of American English that I work on with my accent reduction coaching clients is how to pronounce vowels that occur before the letter R.

Many vowels that occur before R are pronounced like /ɝ/ as in Purple.

The /ɝ/ as in Purple sound has many spellings.

These words spelled with -ir- are pronounced as /ɝ/.

  • birthday
  • first
  • thirsty
  • birth
  • bird

These words spelled with -ur- are pronounced as /ɝ/.

  • Thursday
  • sure
  • assurance
  • insurance
  • returned
  • occurred
  • disturb

 These words spelled with -or- are pronounced as /ɝ/.

  • work
  • worry
  • world

The /ɝ/ as in Purple is a nice sharp sound. Listen here.

 

When you learn how to pronounce the /ɝ/ as in Purple sound correctly, the words above will sound perfectly clear to American listeners.

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