03 – Pronunciation of the /ər/ Sound

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The /ər/ sound in English is tricky for a number of reasons. The main one is that there are several different ways to spell this sound, and in some languages, this sound doesn’t exist. So, check out today’s lesson and see of you can catch the answers to the listening challenge questions:

  1. How many ways are there in English to spell the /ər/ sound in English?
  2. What the name of the cooking instrument Michael mentions, and what is it used for?

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Comments 13

  1. Hi everybody. 1. There are several ways to spell this sound. In this lisson Michael gave five examples of spelling this sound.
    2. The name of cooking instrument Michal mentioned is a wok and it is a pan for making fried rice or pilaf.

  2. Hi dear Michael ..thank you very much for your wonderful lessons.

    1. There are several ways to spell this sound

    2. The name of cooking instrument Michal mentioned is a wok

    Unfortunately I didn’t hear anything about wok used!!!!!

  3. Hi Michael, you have reason. This is a very dificul sound. Sometimes I have trouble with it in any words. Another sound which I have trouble pronouncing is with the numbers 13 and 30. Both are confusing for my

    These are the answers for today´s lesson.
    1. There are sereval ways to spell this sound in English.
    2. The name of the cooking instrument that Michale mentioned is a wok, used in Chinese cooking.


  4. There are several ways to spell /er/.
    The instrument is a wok, it is used to cook. I also heard baker may be something to bake!
    I have some troubles when saying /th/ sound, it does not exist in Portuguese.

      1. Yeah it’s really difficult to say that sound. Even though I’ve been learning english for 6 years, I still don’t say it correctly in some words. Besides, I love your website, it’s awesome to learn english, and because I finished the english subject this year, I’ll visit your website even more times 😀

  5. There are several ways to spell the /er/ sound in English.
    The cooking instrument Michael mentioned is a wok . I use it to cook Chinese food.
    ..the /er/sound doesn’t exist in Romanian language.

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