Re– reg– back of the tongue lifts for the G, touches the soft palate, reg–, then we have Y consonant schwa. Another word with two Rs and an L is rarely. But the correct pronunciation is: LI-brer-y, https://www.espressoenglish.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/difficult-R8.mp3 This can be because this vowel doesn’t exist in their first language or it can be because they haven’t realised that the word should have the double vowel / oʊ / from the spelling of the word. Check if your initial pronunciation was correct. ). The initial D sounds like a J, and we have two R sounds. https://www.espressoenglish.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/difficult-R5.mp3 For the Light L, the tongue tip lifts and touches the roof of the mouth just behind the teeth: ull, ull. The letter A is harder to pronounce when it’s between R’s. https://www.espressoenglish.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/difficult-R2.mp3 As matter of fact, the L’s are also hard to pronounce for the Japanese natives because phonetically, R and L equivalent don’t exist in the Japanese language (actually, neither does V or F! Obviously, the rolled R is one of the most difficult sounds for English natives. Now, we’re going to look at many words with Rs and Ls that students find really tricky like: rarely and culturally. Llllarrrlllyy—  Llllarrrlllyy— You don’t have to move your jaw very much. And finally, the tongue tip comes back down for a quick unstressed E, ly, ly, ly, ly. Our first word is choir, referring to a singing group – this one is tricky because the CH sounds like a K, and the O sounds more like an U. TIP: Put your effort into the first syllable and that difficult “r,” then let the “d” be softer, and the “de” half of the word like an afterthought. Click here to see the video. Temporarily. This only works if you’re repeating out loud so if you’re watching this video by now, I hope you’re still repeating out loud. Anemone 9. Hi!I was just a new reader of your website ma’am/sir.I appreciate the “50 difficult words to Pronounce” but I took it easy.I let it read unto my friends,and they say it was the hard to read for them.I really appreciate the words.I hope many children would read your website for them,to learn and help their vocubulary.Thank you. Defibrilleren 3. regularly. The English "R" is notably different from its Spanish counterpart. The /r/ phoneme is even more complicated because the pronunciation depends on where the sound falls in a word. Meteorologisch 2. Just move the tongue. Now, you can take long, intimidating words and make them sound really natural with just a little bit of practice. Draught 5. Clearly. Kl, kl, klllii— then the tongue tip comes down for the EE vowel, kli, kli. To master the pronunciation, it’s best to break it up into parts: Just keep practicing, and eventually your tongue will master the pattern of these Rs and Ls! ENGLISH PRONUNCIATION Difficult words to pronounce in English Read aloud the words on side A of the flashcard. Colonel 2. Slide tongue tip along the palate and towards the back. Regyyi– reggyy–, Now, an L.It’s in the middle of the word. An examples is the words ‘cost’ and ‘most’. This is a tasty pumpkin seed bread roll. It is a common issue with children learning to speak, and also affects many adults; in fact, many speech therapists say that the "r" sound is the hardest to correct. Let’s do ‘regularly’. For the Y, you move your tongue forward along the roof of the mouth. Feel where your tongue tip is and how it moves. Play it, say it, ten times in a row. Rural 17. [o]: Probably you pronounce it as a diphthong. Repeat out loud. To do this, we’ll be focusing on multi-syllable words, that include both R and L sounds. Hi students! 5. Okay, we’ve taken a look at the specific way we make Light L, Dark L, and R. As you’ve heard and seen, each of these sounds has a very distinct mouth position. Rachel's online school is OPEN! Temporarily. We’ll have to really think about these positions as we work on these tough words with Rs and Ls. Specific 18. Now, let’s hold out the L and the R. Clllearrrr. Next there’s the word jewelry – and what’s crazy about this word is that some people pronounce it with three syllables, like JOO-ler-y, and others say it more like JOOL-ry with two syllables. On the other hand, some words are so commonly mispronounced that the "correct" pronunciation sounds downright strange. Ccllleearrrrllllyy. So when they occur in the same word, it can be very challenging. Don't feel bad if you've been mispronouncing some of these tricky words. More of an R sound, by accident. And I’m Jay and I’m American. I have videos that contrast R and L, a great place to start if these two confuse you. Difficult to Pronounce Filipino Words Posted on July 25, 2016 July 26, 2016 by getgreg Tagged collab , filipino , pronounce , tagalog , video Pinagpinamamagaspasan Regyyy– then bring your tongue down for the schwa. Say "La la la", make sure your tongue tip touches the upper teeth. If not, practice repeating the correct pronunciation as shown in the audio. And I’m Jay and I’m American. This is the third and final part of our 3-part series on the North American pronunciation of R. We wanted to use this last installment of the series to address some of the tricky R words that students have problems or concerns about. Speak English more clearly & confidently! 3. #19: Dilate. I’m Vicki and I’m British. Let’s start with just the first two syllables: Now the -ature part actually just sounds like “chur” in fast spoken English. (wait for a one second pause after) 2) Say the word with me. In this video, you’ll have the opportunity to practice difficult to pronounce English words with R and L sounds. Regyy–, For the G, the back of the tongue is lifted, touching he soft palate. Check out the 100 most often mispronounced words and phrases, along with the correct pronunciations of each word. Next we have an everyday object in the house, and that is a drawer. Again, let’s first say “rare” and then add “ly”: https://www.espressoenglish.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/difficult-R6.mp3 Tongue tip comes up again for the light L. Llllly. Uhl. Let's get our tongues involved! Clearly. Whether you think it's 'rural' or 'fünfhundertfünfundfünfzig,' the most difficult word to pronounce is mostly relative to where you're sitting. in some words, so let's get right into it and talk about the letter R now in American English. It’s not made in the front or the back, but the middle. I’ll do each word ten times. It is a common issue with children learning to speak, and also affects many adults; in fact, many speech therapists say that the "r" sound is the hardest to correct. It begins the third syllable so it’s a light L, tongue tip up. Ready? Be sure to check them out. It pulls back for the R and goes right back up. Another word a lot of English students have trouble with is rural. 4. Another difficult 4-syllable word with R is regularly. Woooh, okay. They figure it out by repetition and in the end, they sound amazing. Is it any easier for you to do this? Listen and look at the phonetics: rural /ˈrʊərəl/ brewery /ˈbrʊəri/ The combination of /r/ with the /ʊə/ vowel sound is the problem here. So make the K by lifting the back of the tongue, kkk, then as you release it, lift your tongue tip. In my academy, I call it the play it, say it method. How does it feel? It’s the play it, say it method. It’s actually due to the fact that Mandarin (Chinese) words can have an “r” sound in the beginning of a word, but not in the middle or end of a word. Another difficult 4-syllable word with R is regularly. Those wouldn’t be your most challenging words anymore. Instead, we say: FEB-you-er-y. It’s Shayna, your teacher from EspressoEnglish.net and today we’re going to practice pronouncing some difficult English words that feature the letter R. The letter R may be pronounced differently in your native language, but in English it sounds like R. Let’s warm up by practicing some simple words with the R sound: I’m going to explain them and help you pronounce them correctly. 5. Yeah, that was great. Yeah, that was great. We’ll talk about why these words are tricky, go over ‘regularly’ and ‘clearly’, and practice lots of other similar words together. Pronounced: mer-der-rer. Keep on practicing and with time, you will be able to pronounce these difficult R words well. Let’s analyze two words that both have R and L in detail. A living language like English evolves and thrives precisely because it is spoken every day. Dark L. Rrr– rr– R. The front part of the tongue lifts and pulls back a little bit, but the middle part of the tongue might make contact with the roof of the mouth in the middle. Mischievous 4. Earr, earr. Your tongue might get mixed up between the two Rs and the L. So try saying just the “rur” part and then adding “al”. Can you say ‘rural brewery’? Ten times, out loud, say it with me. With this word, you want to pay extra attention to its final syllables; you need to use a "k" sound, rather than a "ch" sound like the spelling might lead you to believe. You hear it again, you say it again and you don’t think too much about position, you definitely don’t correct yourself if you hear it’s not right, you just play it again and say it again, always moving forward. The most difficult words to pronounce in the English language revealed – as well as the world’s favourite English tongue-twisters. I couldn’t hear you but I bet after the tenth time, you are sounding pretty good. If you want to continue learning pronunciation and practicing with me, come check out my pronunciation and shadowing courses – I think you’ll really enjoy them. The letters R and L can be very difficult for some English learners to pronounce. Uhl. Estadística (Statistics) This method is amazing. The é in this word is the easiest part – it’s like a long English A (like in the word bay). Sriracha /sɪˈrɑːtʃə/ It’s a very spicy Thai sauce quite common in the UK. But let’s start by going over the basic differences in the mouth movements for Light L, Dark L, and R sounds. Rrr, rrr. The double ‘l’ sound is like a ‘y’ in English, which ‘ear’ encapsulates, but you can also think of it as a drawn out ‘y’. YouTube blocked? Re– reg– back of the tongue lifts for the G, touches the soft palate, reg–, then we have Y consonant schwa. Normally, you would pronounce both the “s” and the “r.” But, for a Thai, the correct pronunciation would be see-ROTCH-ah. Mixing these two letters up can change the meaning of the word you are trying to say. Don’t stop to correct mistakes. Let’s do ‘regularly’. Let your body make adjustments by focusing only on repeating back just exactly what you hear. We still have one more R and one more L. From the light L, the tongue pulls right back into the R. Lar– lllarr– Don’t try to make a vowel in there, the schwa is absorbed by the R. Let’s practice that transition by holding out L and R. Lllarr— lllarrr–. REG-you-lar-ly. Some people mistakenly pronounce this liberry, forgetting the BR in the middle. Quinoa 6. Your mouth needs to remain slightly open in order to accommodate the tongue sticking out. In april of 2015, a list was made of the top 10 hardest words to pronounce being: 1. The letters R and L can be very difficult for some English learners to pronounce. Depending on dialect, /r/ has at least the following allophones ... but many American English speakers simply bunch the body of the tongue up so that it is hard to say where the articulation is". Now, we have an L again and it’s the beginning of the syllable again so it’s a Light L so the tongue tip comes back up for the Light L. Uhll, uhll, uhll. Synecdoche 19. Round and protrude your lips while keeping them closed. There are a lot more words you can practice with. Uhl. Does it come before or after the vowel in the syllable? Let’s practise these words together: 1) Listen to the word. The “r-d” combination in Spanish is a really difficult move for the tongue—almost like quick tongue acrobatics. Or for an L in the middle of the word when it starts a syllable like: believe or delight. Another hard-to-pronounce word that refers to a hard-to-explain figure of speech, synecdoche refers to using a part of something to refer to a whole (e.g. Turn the flashcard over and listen to the audio on side B. I’m going to suggest that you go to Forvo.com, find a native speaker that you like and use the play it, say it method yourself. Then I have a video on L and a video on R. These go over the exact position of these sounds with illustrations. Repeat out out with me. Next we have library. Regularly. Consonantal R or “the real German R” is the more difficult … And finally, the word ‘clearly’. How To Pronounce The Most Difficult English Sounds Correctly. You’ll often hear French learners grumbling about: how to pronounce the letter u’s and the r’s, how to let the French words roll off the tongue without sounding funny, and You start to become an amazing imitator. Rr– rr– crass. 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