In Dutch, the R is either made with the back of the tongue moving upwards – or the tip of the tongue touching the top of the mouth. Different regional accents create the /r/ sound in different ways in the Netherlands.
In English, the tip of the tongue curls back in the mouth without touching the top of the mouth.
We only pronounce a R sound when there is a vowel sound after it: Really, Tree, Carry
We don’t pronounce a R sound when there is no vowel sound after it: Car, Learn, Here.
/b/ at the end of a word will sound like a /p/.
/d/ at the end of a word will sound like a /t/.
/g/ at the end of a word will sound like a /k/.
In English, the sounds must stay the same. Compare:
sheet – she’d
back – bag
This sound is usually either /g/ or /ʤ/. Ensure it isn’t like the Dutch ‘g’ sound in groei
5) “e” and “a”
For “a” /a/, make an “e” /ɛ/ sound and lower the tongue.
set – sat
bed – bad
head – had
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