How to pronounce /r/ and /w/ in English

This tongue twister will help you make the /r/ sound with the /w/ sound in English. Try this one slowly at first. "Rhys watched Ross switch his Irish wristwatch for a Swiss wristwatch". Best of luck with that one!

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"Rhys watched Ross switch his Irish wristwatch for a Swiss wri..."

This next one is quite difficult but it's a really important one and it's really good for practising the difference between /r/ and /w/. So in this tongue twister we're going to see lots of examples of /r/ and /w/ close together. So we'll take it slow at the beginning and then we'll speed up a bit when we practise later. And we'll also look at the vowels and diphthongs in the middle of the tongue twister as well. "Rhys watched Ross switch his Irish wristwatch for a Swiss wristwatch". That took me quite a few times to get that one right! "Rhys watched Ross switch his Irish wristwatch for a Swiss wristwatch".

Try practising the word wristwatch first, because there you could practise the /r/ and /w/ sounds in the same word. Don't be fooled by the 'w' at the beginning of the word, it's a silent 'w'. So we pronounce the second letter, the /r/ and we ignore the /w/ sound at the beginning of the word. "Rhys watched Ross switch his Irish wristwatch for a Swiss wristwatch". If you can't say this one quickly don't worry because I can't say this quickly either! So say it slowly, but this one is very good practice for those two sounds, /r/ and /w/. Let's have a look at the vowel sounds and diphthongs in that tongue twister.

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How to pronounce /r/ and /w/ in English