AE 341 – 1 Simple Tip To Sound Australian: The Linking R

Learn Australian English in this episode of Aussie English where I teach you how to use THE LINKING R just like a native English speaker Down Under.

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AE 341 – 1 Simple Tip To Sound Australian:
The Linking R

G’day guys.

Welcome to this episode of Aussie English.

Today, we’re going to be talking about one simple tip to sound Australian, and that’s going to be the linking R.

Let’s go.

So, this is video number two, guys, on R insertion in connected speech, in the Australian accent, the Australian pronunciation of English.

In today’s example, we’re going to be talking about the linking R.

So, the linking R is used in Australian English to link words that end with the sound “/ɑ/” or end with a silent R with other words that start with a vowel.

It just makes it sound a lot more natural, guys.

And, for some reason, for whatever reason, Australians love to do this.

For example. “the tuna_r_is mine” or “My leg is sore_again”.

So, let’s go through a series of sentences, guys, to practice the linking R.

I going to say them first unlinked, or unconnected, where you can practice pronunciation of each of the words on its own, and then say the same sentence, but connected.

So, I’m going to use connected speech to pronounce it just like a native Australian English speaker.

So, listen and repeat after me guys or take it to the next level and treat it as a substitution exercise.

Let’s go.

Listen & Repeat:

Far out.

My ear is sore.
My ear_is sore.

It was far away.
It was far_away.

The theatre is open.
The theatre_is open.

That’s our empty car.
That’s our_empty car.

He’s an amateur, isn’t he?
He’s an amateur_isn’t he?

The tractor opened the gate.
The tractor_opened the gate.

The shopping centre is huge.
The shopping centre_is huge.

Your behaviour is acceptable.
Your behaviour_is unacceptable.

The treasure appeared in front of us.
The treasure_appeared in front of us.

They are explaining the rules.
They are_explaining the rules.

So, that’s it for today guys. I hope it helps. Keep practicing this, guys.

Some of these examples are quite subtle, but the more you practice, the better you’re going to get, and the more you’re going to sound just like a native Aussie English speaker.

It always feels weird saying, “native Australian”.

Anyway, that’s enough for today, guys. I hope you enjoy this episode, and I’ll chat to you soon.

See you guys.


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