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/t/ + /r/ = [tʃ] “ch” | English Pronunciation Lesson

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The English language can sometimes be difficult to understand, because native English speakers unconsciously transform certain sounds in words. One way in which they do this is to pronounce a /t/ that hits an /r/ as a [tʃ] “ch”.


We would not say:

  • “I need to catch my train” [treyn]

and pronounce the /t/ before the /r/ as [t] (or else it sound would like “terrain”).

Instead, the /t/ transforms into a [tʃ] “ch” and we say “train” [tʃreyn].

Did you hear the  [tʃ] “ch” at the beginning of the word?

  • “I need to catch my train” [reyn]

Saying the /t/ as a [tʃ] “ch” prevents the speaker from being forced to roll their /r/, a common habit for ArabicSpanish and other speakers.

Let’s Practice. Notice how the /t/ before the /r/ is pronounced as a [tʃ] “ch”.

Listen and Repeat

  • Contract
  • Train
  • Tremor
  • Mattress
  • Trinket
  • Truly
  • Petrified
  • Trunk
  • Trolley
  • Contrast
  • Trouble
  • Betrothed

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