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R Sounds in Phonetics

There are a number of ways to express the basic R sound in phonetics, which can depend on where it occurs in a word - oftentimes a pre-vowel R is represented by a different symbol than the post-vowel R. And then there's the Harder R than many people attribute to Americans in general, but is probably more of what happens in much of the Southern United States.

Of course, there are other R sounds, too, such as trills and taps, but that's for a whole other video...