Today we are going to talk just a little bit about 'r' blends, and give you some quick tips on how to properly pronounce that sound with an American accent.
A consonant blend is when two or more consonants are blended together, but each souns may still be heard in the word/blend. These sounds are unlike digraphs, which are two consonants that stand together but represent one sound (think 'ph' that sounds like 'f').
When it comes to R Blends the 'r' sound is always the strongest sound of the blend. When the blend is at the beginning of a word, your mouth prepares for the 'R' by coming forward before you even say the word.
Watch Paul Gruber explain: