R is a consonant sound. A
consonant is any letter in the alphabet that is not a vowel (vowels =
a, e, i, o, u).
The R sound
is called a liquid
consonant. This means that the position of
your tongue changes the path of the air as you produce this sound. The
air still comes out of your mouth, but its path is not straight because
of the placement of your tongue.
To correctly make the R
sound, your tongue needs
to be in the correct position. Raise the back of your tongue to lightly
touch the back teeth on both sides of your mouth. The center part of
the back of your tongue should be lower to allow air to move over it.
The tip of your tongue may curve a little, but it will not touch your
mouth or lips. Your tongue will be tense. It will not be loose.
The position of your lips is in a tight O shape. Your lips will be
slightly different depending on the placement of the R
in each word.
Rachel, from Rachel's English, shows how to create the R
in this helpful video!
It might take a while to become comfortable speaking the R sound. If you are
not comfortable with this sound, it just takes practice! Some people
have problems making the R
so they make a W
sound instead. If you want to speak English correctly and
improve your accent, you do not want to make this mistake. You need to
know the difference between these two sounds.
Rachel shows us the difference between these two sounds in this video.