Ready to get your mouth used to pronouncing /ɹ/? Join in on this journey to a magical world where phrases are crafted to help you practice this sound redolent of reverb.

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Transcript:

Revel in today’s focus sound /ɹ/

Let’s take a look at how /ɹ/ is made. First the tongue is flat, the tip isn’t touching anything. Instead, the sides of your tongue are gently pressed against your teeth, while your lips are rounded.

Your tongue just has to sit in the middle of your mouth, while your voice box and lips, refine the sound.

In fact, you might recognize another sound when you stretch out your lips. If you can say ‘e’ you can say ‘er’.

Here’s your tongue twister to practice /ɹ/

Mushroom roofs rarely rust

Take your time saying each word .

Mushroom roofs rarely rust

Really enunciate that focus sound.

Mushroom roofs rarely rust

Now that you’re comfortable saying the phrase, we’ll say it three times at normal speed.

Mushroom roofs rarely rust. Mushroom roofs rarely rust. Mushroom roofs rarely rust.

Woo, quite a workout!

Now that you’re all warmed up, let’s have some fun speeding through to see where our tongues get twisted.

mushroom roofs rarely rust mushroom roofs rarely rust mushroom roofs rarely rust

Great job! One tongue twister set complete.

Maybe you stumbled a little on the normal or fast speed; even better!

Your goal for this exercise is to have fun, while your muscles get some practice moving in new formations.

The more you practice, the easier you’ll find it is to speed through the tongue twister.

The key to working with tongue twisters as a pronunciation exercise, is to start slow, so you can focus on what your muscles are doing during the movements – then build up speed, to keep it fun.

For this phrase, I know I’m gonna have to say /ɹ/ a lot, so my mouth is really bunched up – rounded – and I can feel the muscles in my upper lip getting the most intense workout.

What parts of your mouth feel like they’re getting the most intense workout when you’re practicing this phrase?

I’m Saunatina. Thanks for joining me for Tongue Twister Time.

Let me know about the sounds, or sound combinations, you might be struggling with.

Who knows your comment could be the inspiration for a whole new tongue twister.

Now, let’s have some fun – Crafting Sound Meaning!

the hair, it’s a mushroom, i thought i’d have fun, okay mushroom hair

then build up speed to keep it fun
then build up speed to keep it fun
then build up speed to keep it fun
then build up speed to keep it fun
to keep it fun
then build up speed to keep it fun
then build up speed to keep it fun

rarely rust

mushrooms roofs rarely rust mushrooms roofs rarely rust

there you go

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