The R Sound: Red

A pronunciation expert shows how the /ɹ/ sound is made and used in words.

Level 2  |  Pronunciation  |  Consonants  |  Duration: 01:55
Source: EnglishCentral

LESSON CONTENT

Video Transcript

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  • Let's work on forming the /ɹ/ sound.
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  • The sides of your tongue are lightly touching the inside edge of your upper back teeth.
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  • The tongue blade is curled up and reaching just behind the gum ridge,...
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  • ...but not touching the teeth.
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  • Your lips might be slightly rounded.
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  • Keep your mouth slightly open and release the voice around the tongue.
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  • Touch your hand to your throat,...
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  • ...make sure you feel vibration.
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  • /ɹ/, /ɹ/, /ɹ/.
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  • Here's the /ɹ/ sound in the beginning of some words.
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  • Right, Reef, Raw.
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  • And here it is in the middle.
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  • Boring, Hurry, Carrot.
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  • The consonant /ɹ/ sound is never at the end of a word.
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  • It might appear as a linking /ɹ/ between two vowel sounds.
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  • Listen to these pairs of words to hear the contrasting sounds.
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  • Role, Dole.
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  • Rot, Lot.
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  • Berry, Belly.
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  • Fearing, Feeling.
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  • Here are some sentences that use the /ɹ/ sound.
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  • Raw carrots are good for children.
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  • Ray will receive a ribbon for running the race.
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  • /ɹ/, /ɹ/, /ɹ/.
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  • Great!

Featured Words Level

  • RIBBON (Noun) 7
  • ROT (Verb) 7
  • BERRY (Noun) 7
  • FEAR (Verb) 5
  • BORE (Verb) 4
  • CARROT (Noun) 3
  • RIGHT (Noun) 3

WORKSHEET

Comprehension Questions

  1. Which part of the mouth should the tongue avoid to produce the R sound?
    1. the lower lip
    2. the upper lip
    3. the gum ridge
    4. the teeth

  2. Which of these sentences has the R sound?
    1. The key does not fit into the keyhole.
    2. He left his town to find a new job.
    3. The hawk flew above the seas.
    4. The man is resting under the tree.

  3. Which word does not have the R sound?
    1. carrot
    2. raw
    3. belly
    4. reef

Discussion Questions

  1. Give five words that have the R sound.

  2. Use these words in a sentence: rusty, bark, star.

  3. What is the most challenging part in pronouncing the R sound? Why?