How to Pronounce ‘Choir’

In this post you’ll learn how to pronounce ‘choir’, which is one of the trickiest words in English because of the spelling.

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As you could see, there are two syllables in this word, and the stress is on the first syllable: kwai-y’r [IPA: ˈkwaɪəɹ].

  • kwai
    The first syllable begins with a KW cluster, as in the word ‘quiet’. Then you shift to an AY diphthong, as in the word ‘my’.
  • y’r
    The second syllable is officially uhr – an r-colored schwa (basically a schwa sound followed by an R sound) but since the previous syllable ends with a front vowel, speakers tend to insert a Y sound in between the AY sound and the schwa: kwai-y’r.

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Additional resources:

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American R Sound |Free Boot Camp

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