air / ɛr – chair

  • Voiced. This sound is made with your vocal cords.
  • To make this sound, we need to combine two other sounds: the first is the ‘short e’ /ĕ/ sound and the second is the /r/ sound.
  • Start by opening your mouth a little to make the ‘short e’ /ĕ/ sound.
  • Your tongue should rest just behind your lower front teeth.
  • From here, move your mouth into the /r/ position.
  • Your lips move into a slightly rounded position and the tip of your tongue curls back in the middle of your mouth.