Unit 6.1

Sounds of letter R

Introduction

R is usually pronounced /r/ (rhotic sound), but it can be non-rhotic as well.

Form

The “r” sound can change depending on the position in the words or in their origin.

Example

  1. /r/:
    1. private;
    2. rate;
    3. ring.
  2. non – rhotic:
    1. care;
    2. hurt;
    3. ruler.
  3. rh:
    1. rhapsody;
    2. rheumatic;
    3. rhinoceros.

Use

Voiced rhotic sound

  • /r/
  • pronounced as usual

Non-rhotic sound

  • when r is the final letter of the word or r is written before consonants and before a final –e.
  • It is pronounced more softly or  not even pronounced.

Greek words

  • rh- in the beginning of a word
  • Pronounced as a common r (/r/)

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