The general American accent is RHOTIC. This means every /r/ is pronounced. It is imprortant for the syllable final rhotic /r/ to blend correctly with the vowel it follows. Listen to some words with the rhotic /r/ following front vowels (made with the front of the tongue), back vowels (made with the back of the tongue), and central vowels (made with the centre of the tongue).
Audio practice for the American /r/
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Front vowels plus /r/
Mary, merry, fairy, ferry, sherry, share, vary, chair, cherry, various, hilarious, parents, air, there, their, they're, where, area, prayer, diary, aerial. I took a look around that palace in Paris. Did you say fairy or ferry?
Back vowels plus /r/
march, mark, aren’t, car, part, heart, bar, sorry, sergeant, bazaar, bizarre, or, order, oranges, Florida, horrible, ornament, ordinary, tore, or, fourth, order, quarter, story, door. I was horrified to see the torrential rain storm on the chart.
world, work, earl, firm, turn, further, early, learn, birthday, hurt, turntable, ever, together, forever, particular, disaster, faster, plaster. Do you normally walk to work on Thursdays? His other son works in southern China.
Sentences with /r/
Did you say fairy or ferry? Mary’s parents aren't there. I took a look around the palace in Paris. Mac and Mark are having a party in March. I particularly recommend to go around the world the other way. Forty four of them were able to borrow a bit more.