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