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Tongue Tips Issue 01

on 16 November 2011.

The 'r' in British dialects:

The 'r' sound will change drastically as you move through the British Isles:  In broad, general terms, for a Standard, or Upper Class British accent, you'll want to use no 'r' sound when a spelled 'r' comes after a vowel sound:  'father' will sound like 'fath-uh,' and 'star' will be 'staah.'

In a Dublin Irish accent, use a stronger version of the American 'r':  'fatherr' and 'starr.'  This 'r' requires that the tongue curl back a bit further than it does for the American 'r'.

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