– Match the IPA transcriptions below to the countries:
– Which country names contain a silent < r >?
Answer & Audio
Turkey, Norway and Qatar contain silent < r > in GB English.
In GB English < r >:
– is pronounced before a vowel sound.
– is silent before a consonant sound.
– is silent if no sound follows.
farm sir earn burn born war shore
mother persist clearly where barely
– Which words contain silent < r >?
Answers & Audio
Words that contain silent < r >:
worse, court, sailor, beer, pair, particular, internal, garment
– Pronounce the names of these animals with silent < r >:
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AUDIO KEY: West Country (bold), Standard (italic) In the South West of England where the ‘West Country’ accent is spoken, people pronounce every written < r >, so words like SHARK, HORSE and SPIDER all contain /r/. This is also true of most American, Irish and...
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