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How to pronounce CAR in English (Vowel sounds).

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park the fast car

Childrens words

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Father, arm, star ...
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@CAR car.mp3

How to make this sound

Example words letter spelt -a- or -ar-

father, alms, arms, park, glass, card, garden, alarm, past, father, harder, bath, staff, army, bark, laugh, darling, fast, after, bar, star, class

Example words with other letters

clerk heart sergeant guard heart

This is a long vowel. The mouth is quite open so the bottom jaw is dropped down quite a bit. The tongue tip is pulled back from the bottom teeth very slightly. The tongue tip is flat but not touching the bottom of the mouth- it is slightly raised off the floor of the mouth. The back of the tongue is flattened down towards the bottom of the mouth. Again resonance is more from the throat/back of mouth. Again the letter 'R' is often not pronounced in Rp English after a vowel letter.

Note that some accents use different sounds for the words can and can't but others use the same vowel sound. How do you say these sentences? Which way is easiest for the listener?

  1. You can use my phone.
  2. You can't go tonight.
  3. You can come too.
  4. I can do it for you tomorrow.
  5. The children can't drive cars.
  6. She can't wear jeans at work.

practice

  1. His father was a sergeant in the army.
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  2. His heart beat fast in the park.
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  3. The fire alarm started to ring in the bar.
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  4. The card fell in the bath.
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  5. They laughed in the garden.
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  6. He parked the car and started gardening.
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  7. The class can't go far.
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  8. hard tarmac will last longer.
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  9. A large star past the marmalade jar.
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  10. The carnival lasted until after midnight.
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Limerick

Her aunt and her father and Barbara
Were ardently partial to Scarborough
But her uncle and mother
And cousins and brother
Would far rather go to Market Harborough.





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