UR Sound
ɜː (turn, learn)

English Pronunciation, Lesson 09

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The UR sound (IPA symbol: ɜː) can be found in English words such as: 
turn, learn, were, word, person, church.

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The UR Sound
Watch the following video to learn how to pronounce this sound correctly:

The next video shows the pronunciation of common words with the UR and ER sounds. Listen and repeat:


Have you watched it? Good! Let's practice...

Say these words out loud (UR sound is bold):

1) were

2) word

3) work

4) turn

5) burn

6) earn

7) return

8) concern

9) occur

10) early

11) prefer

12) search

13) church

14) fur

15) sir

16) person

17) research

18) learn

Now say these sentences out loud (UR sound is bold):

1) They were at work early.

2) I prefer to use short words.

3) It's your turn to search for them.

4) They burned the house.

5) She has learned new methods and now she earns more money.

7) He prefers not to return.

8) I have some concerns regarding this person.

9) Sir, is this research complete?

10) I prefer not to wear fur.

Have you finished them all? Cool! 

Well done! You have completed the UR sound lesson.

Let's move on...

Your next lesson: Lesson 10, OH Sound (four, store)

List of Lessons

Lesson 01: International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA)

Lesson 02: Word Stress and Syllables

Lesson 03: Long E sound (meet, see)

Lesson 04: Short I Sound (sit, hit)

Lesson 05: UH Sound (put, foot)

Lesson 06: OO Sound (moon, blue)

Lesson 07: Short E sound (pen, bed)

Lesson 08: Schwa Sound (the, about)

Lesson 09: UR Sound (turn, learn)

Lesson 10: OH Sound (four, store)

Lesson 11: Short A Sound (cat, fat)

Lesson 12: UH Sound (but, luck)

Lesson 13: Soft A Sound (arm, father)

Lesson 14: Long O Sound (boat, know)

Lesson 15: Long A Sound (say, pain, make)

Lesson 16: Short O Sound (not, off, socks)

Lesson 17: Diphthong (a combination of two vowel sounds)

Lesson 18: P Sound (cup, punch, pull) and B sound (cub, bunch, bull)

Lesson 19: The Nasal Sounds (M, N, NG)

Lesson 20: F Sound (four, lift, graph, tough) and V Sound (love, knives, grave, vine)

Lesson 21: W Sound (wow, quit, where)

Lesson 22: R Sound (red, sorry, write)

Lesson 23: H Sound (he, behind, who)

Lesson 24: T Sound (top, it, later) and D Sound (do, had, made)

Lesson 25: S Sound (sit, box, cats) and Z Sound (zip, buzz, boys)

Lesson 26: K Sound (kid, talk, black) and G Sound (go, big, dog)

Lesson 27: L Sound: Light L & Dark L (tall, like, English)

Lesson 28: Y Consonant Sound (yes, you, beyond)

Lesson 29: CH Sound (China, century, watch) and J Sound (Germany, educate , judge)

Lesson 30: TH Consonant Sounds – voiced TH sound (the, father, them) and voiceless (unvoiced) TH sound (think, birthday, south)

Lesson 31: SH (shop, chef, special) and ZH (usual, massage, Asia)

Lesson 32: T and TT Sounds (true T sound, D sound, stop sound, silent T)

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