How to pronounce /r/ in English
The next two tongue twisters will show you how to correctly make the /r/ sound in English. The first tongue twister is "Roberta ran rings around the Roman ruins" followed by "Round and round the rugged rock the ragged rascal ran". Good luck!
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The next two tongue twisters are very well-known and they're very good for practising a sound that a lot of students can find quite difficult, which is /r/. These two tongue twisters practise this /r/ sound in quick succession, lots of words with /r/ all together. So, let's look at the first one. "Roberta ran rings around the Roman ruins". Let's look at the vowel sounds. "Roberta ran rings around the Roman ruins".
Now let's look at the next one. This is quite similar. It practises that /r/ sound and it can be quite tricky, but we'll start slowly and then we'll try to get a bit quicker so you can practise. "Round and round the rugged rock the ragged rascal ran". So the vowel sounds practised here are..."Round and round the rugged rock the ragged rascal ran". Start slowly and when you get more confident you can say it more quickly. You'll be surprised. If you start slowly, practise a few times, it will get easier. You need to exercise your mouth so the sound is not so strange, not so unusual for you.
So your homework is to practise those tongue twisters.
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