Intro to the American R ๐Ÿ“น

So today we are talking about Rโ€™s. 

Definitely one of the most difficult sounds in English for native speakers. If not, the most difficult, it is certainly the most distinctive. 

So the American R Sound varies a lot from region to region. 

Where I am from the South, some people really exaggerate the dropping of the /R/ sound, especially older people, almost drop it completely. 

Imagine Frank Underwood in House of Cards, which just for the record, is not a very accurate representation, but it does illustrate this idea of dropping the /r/. 

So in this course we are going to focus on the Generalized American R pronunciation, and if you trying to learn a specific dialect or accent, you can adjust accordingly. 

Anyways, there is a lot of variation of the different /Rs/ in English, but it does not matter which accent you are learning, all of the /R/ sounds in English are really strong and complicated sounds. 

Even many children when they are learning English, take a long time to produce the sound. And this is true for almost any language. 

The /R/ is usually super hard to produce, so I always recommend to my students if you want to do one thing to improve your pronunciation and understanding when you are learning a new language, focus on the /R/. 

And apart from just being a weird, difficult sound in general, the /R/ sound is particularly difficult because it is extremely different from the Portuguese /R/. 

In fact, I think that is where much of the difficulty originates from, is because Portuguese speakers have a misconceived notion about what an /R/ sound is, when in reality it is completely different. So the most important thing to remember is: you are learning a new sound! 

This new sound has nothing to do with the Portuguese R or any sound that exist in your language. So letโ€™s start from the beginning and get to it.