ar / ɑr – car

  • Voiced. This sound is made with your vocal cords.
  • To make this sound, we need to combine two other sounds: the first is a shortened version of the ‘short o’ /ŏ/ sound and the second is the /r/ sound.
  • Start by dropping your jaw and opening your mouth to produce the ‘short o’ /ŏ/ sound.
  • Your tongue lies flat at the bottom of your mouth; the tip of your tongue is just behind your lower front teeth.
  • From here, the mouth moves to the /r/ position.
  • Your lips move into a slightly rounded position.
  • The tip of your tongue curls back in the middle of your mouth.