Making the R consonant is truly one of the hardest sounds in English. Many people reach out to us and download our app to acquire practice. In this article, we will give you a better idea of how to make this sound by watching the video below which shows the tongue position in illustrations and how to properly pronounce the R sound. We also listed all the words in our app that you can use to practice making this sound with your children.
The R consonant develops first at the age of 5, as a final sound, and at the age of 6, it also develops as a medial and initial sound. However, we see plenty of children having difficulties developing this particular sound, since it’s a voiced sound, produced by the vibration of the vocal cord. If it’s at the beginning of a word, the tongue pulls back a bit and raises at the tip, without touching the roof of the mouth. But if R is elsewhere in a word, the tongue raises in the middle. Basically, it arches.
We strongly suggest watching this video, where Rachel covers the R consonant and explains how to make it properly.
After watching this video open our app, Speech Blubs, and practice the words that include the R consonant in them. Download the app from the App Store App Store (https://apple.co/2UJcddR) or Google Play (https://bit.ly/2QyYTKX).
To practice making the R consonant here is the list of sections and words in them that you can practice with your child:
- Early Sounds: Roar, Growl, Ribbit.
- Wild Animals: Bear, Bird, Deer, Giraffe, Rabbit, Horse, Crab, Kangaroo, Rat, Turtle, Frog.
- Petting ZOO: Rabbit, Bird, Horse, Turtle, Rat.
- Outdoor Wonders: Grass, Summer, Storm, Spring, Thunder, Tree.
- Living Colors: Green, Purple, Orange, Red, Silver, Brown.
- Yummy Time: Carrot, Rice, Pear, Bread, Watermelon, Burger, Butter, Pepper, Water.
- Toy Box: Robot, Marbles, Tricycle.
- When I grow up: Farmer, Teacher, Astronaut, Dancer, Lumberjack, Plumber, Fireman, Pirate.
- We are Family: Brother, Sister, Grandpa, Grandma.
- Get into Shapes: Square, Circle, Triangle, Cross, Rectangle, Star, Heart.
- Numbers and me: Three, Four, Thirteen, Fourteen.
- School Rocks: Locker, Teacher, Eraser, Blackboard.
- This is my Body: Ears, Hair.
- Ride your Wheels: Car, Truck, Tractor, Motorcycle.
- Dinorawrs: Tyrannosaurus Rex, Stegosaurus, Pterodactyl, Plesiosaurus, Triceratops, Velociraptor, Ankylosaurus, Apatosaurus.
- Universe: Astronaut, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus.
We also recommend using the section "Mouth Gym" to warm up a bit before practice. The "Mouth Gym" section is designed to increase children's awareness of how their mouth work, as well as their coordination, range of motion and endurance.
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