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Learn the American "r"

I put together a video on how to pronounce the American "r." I hope this is helpful for folks.

I produced it because of a request from a Duolingo user, so if it's helpful, let me know if there's something else I can do that might help you. https://lovinglanguage.wordpress.com/2016/01/07/lose-your-accent-american-english-r/

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As an American whose mother tongue is English, I used to have trouble pronouncing "r" for years. For me, the problem was correctly saying the "r"s preceding vowels like brow, row, and crack. They used to come out as something halfway between an "r" and a "w" sound. Even today, it doesn't seem as natural to me as most other sounds in English.

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https://www.duolingo.com/XYZ1992

great website!

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https://www.duolingo.com/richardlanguage

Thank you!

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I was born and raised in the east of England, all my family are english, and we speak RP English. I am afraid this is a common misconception, yes the use of the american prounounced 'R' is inherently different to RPBritEng, however, all examples of the american voiced 'R' can be found within ONE of the many accents or dialects of BritEng.

There are so many varients of British 'R' with Brythonic, Old Norse, and celtic influence. Some dialects DO actually roll their R's, some omit their R's and some pronounce their R's as you would a hard consonant.

I'm afraid the American pronounced 'R's' can be found everywhere within British English and is not individual to America.

People need to be aware that English consists of more than just RP English! In AmericanEng they are thought to pronounce R in 'car' differently to English, Alass, they do not! The postvocalic R can be found here in the Cornish dialect https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcMJWZBzYjU (Example found at 01:00) . There is so much variety in British English only 5% speak RP. have a look at other dialects like https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ScELaXMCVis Don't be so ignorant guys!! Do not confuse RP English as THE British English language.

(I have not written in perfect english nor have i intended to.)

Hope this helps :)

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What does RP stand for?

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Received Pronounciation

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Received Pronunciation English?

Ohh... googled it... I've never heard this term before. Interesting. Thanks! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Received_Pronunciation

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Interesting videos, thanks for sharing! For the second one, is the narrator English then? Because he sounds like the way American radio/TV people talk in clips I hear from previous decades (50s-70s). I always think the way they speak sounds so quaint, even though I can't quite put my finger on how the way they used to speak is different from TV/radio people today.

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