How to Pronounce ER
A listener emailed me and expressed his frustration with pronouncing the ER in British English.
It certainly can be tough, and I do my best to share my advice in this episode.
In British English, we generally don’t pronounce the R sound at the end of a word that is spelt “ER”.
We often use a schwa – this is a lazy sound where you don’t use any muscles or change your mouth position – just let air come out.
The symbol we use is: /ə/
Teacher – /ˈtiːtʃə/
Better – /ˈbɛtə/
Peter – /ˈpiːtə/
Here’s a sentence where the schwa sounds are highlighted.