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  • Hello there!

  • This is theSounds Americanchannel.

  • In this video were going to talk about the American consonant sound /r/,

  • as in the wordrun”.

  • You can also hear this sound in words likeread”, “tree”, “fromorbreak”.

  • Well be using a special phonetic symbol - /r/ - for this sound.

  • The /r/ sound is found in most languages

  • (with a few exceptions.)

  • But the American /r/ is quite different.

  • Non-native speakers often mispronounce the American /r/ sound.

  • They trill, tap, or even replace it with other sounds,

  • such as /l/, /d/, or /t/.

  • Keep watching to learn how to pronounce the American /r/ and practice it in words.

  • Ok,

  • you should never trill the American /r/,

  • like this: /r/.

  • To make the sound correctly,

  • let's start by opening your mouth a little and slightly rounding your lips.

  • It’s very important to focus on the position of your tongue when youre making the /r/.

  • Raise the front of your tongue toward the alveolar ridge behind your upper front teeth,

  • but don’t touch it.

  • By the way,

  • if you don’t know what the alveolar ridge is,

  • that’s where the pointer is right now.

  • Next:

  • curl back the tip of your tongue.

  • Now slightly lower the center of your tongue

  • and raise its back.

  • Your tongue should be tensed.

  • Remember,

  • the tip of your tongue should be curled back

  • and it should never touch the alveolar ridge behind your upper front teeth.

  • Let's try saying it:

  • /r/

  • /r/

  • /r/

  • Now, let’s practice the /r/ in some words.

  • Youll see a word on the screen and hear its pronunciation.

  • Like this.

  • Youll have a few seconds to pronounce the word.

  • Repeat each word after the speaker,

  • this is the most important part of the exercise.

  • Let’s begin.

  • Let’s pause here for a second and check on how you are making the /r/ sound.

  • The tip of your tongue should be curled back

  • and raised towards the alveolar ridge behind your upper front teeth.

  • Remember, you should not touch it.

  • Let's continue practicing

  • Youre done!

  • Congratulations!

  • By the way,

  • did you notice that in the words that youve just practiced, the /r/ never followed a vowel?

  • That’s because a vowel sound followed by the /r/ consonant becomes an r- colored vowel.

  • R-colored vowels are a characteristic feature of an American accent.

  • But that’s a topic for future videos on our Sounds American channel.

  • Stay tuned!

Hello there!


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輔音/r/如 "run"-美式英語發音 (Consonant Sound / r / as in “run”- American English Pronunciation)

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