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Episode #17

The R in English: The most in-depth lesson you’ll ever hear

00:55:13 minutes long
audio file size: 75.9 mb

To download the practice sheet click here:

Many non-native speakers of English struggle with the R in English. 

Not only that this sound is challenging to pronounce (put the tongue where?!?) and makes us feel like pirates, but it also keeps changing depending on where it’s positioned. So even though it might be easy to pronounce in some words, it could be impossible to pronounce in other words and that makes us feel like the R is impossible! 

To understand the R we need to do three things:

  1. Understand how to pronounce it
  2. Understand the different types of R sounds and what might be the challenge of each 
  3. Practice, practice and then practice some more.

In this episode I’m going to walk you through each and every one of those steps, and at the end, even offer you the perfect way to practice with my practice sheet and audio:

I’m also going to talk about the difference between the American R and the British R!
But most importantly I’ll give you tips and hacks on where and how to CHEAT, so you invest less effort, pronounce less R’s and sound BETTER!
Whether you’re struggling with pronouncing it or you know how to pronounce it but you don’t use it consistently,  or sometimes you become too self-conscious about it, in this episode you’ll find things you can do that’ll help you use it naturally and easily.

For more about the R in English, check out these episodes:
The American R:
American Accent in 5 steps:  

And remember #ClearIsBetterThanAccurate

If you want to improve your accent and understand spoken English better, download my free American Accent audio crash course.

You can also download an interactive list of  50 of the most mispronounced words in English and master the pronunciation of those tricky words.

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9 Responses

  1. Hello Hadar, thank you very much for sharing your knowledge. Could you share the transcription of this episode?
    Thank you very much

    1. Hi, dear Hadar, I will really thank you that you can share the transcription of this episodio, because I still can dowload it. Thank you very much!!!

  2. Hi Hadar ! I again enjoyed your explanations and how you stressed out the significance of phonetics in relation with the everyday speech. Listening to you, I was inclined to believe that a native speaker can never be as highly developed phonetically as any of your pupils. But beyond joke, I admire the way how you create an art from the science of phonetics. Thank you so much for sharing the secrets of this art with us !!! Laszlo

  3. Hi Hadar, I love the way how you explain the pronunciation! I am sure it’s better than from a native speaker.( I like your scripts, but I can’t download this episode. )

  4. Hey Hadar, not just in your kindergarten for sure! ?? I’d love to practice with you the difference between “three and tree”. Xx ♡

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