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Have you heard the 'BIRD' word

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How to make this BIRD sound

"Early bird"

Click on the phonetic symbol to hear the sound. This vowel is a short to medium length vowel. For this sound the lips are quite rounded and forward. The tongue is quite relaxed but held away from the sides of the mouth so that it doesn't touch anything. (In uS EN the back of the tongue is slightly raised at the back. In most of the uSA and in parts of Britain the letter -r- is pronounced in many words where it is silent for other English speakers. For more about this 'rhetoric /r/ refer to the page

Check the 'R' sound RIGHT

how to pronounce /R/"

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Example words

Read through these words and make the phonetic sound in all of them as you read.

-ir- ,-er-, -ur-, -ea-, -or-, -our- fir fern burn learn worm scourge bird term turn earth word first her nurse seach work thirsty person fur pearl dirty herb curtain heard certain germ

BIRD sound limerick

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A perky old nursemaid from Durban,
Was certainly firmly suburban,
She didn't really care
that people would stare
at her enormous purple fur turban.

Visible Nouns

Bird

Bird

Circle

Purple

More Examples

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Spellings -ir- ,-er-, -ur-, -ea-, -or-,-our-


fir fern burn learn worm scourge bird term turn earth word first her nurse seach work thirsty person fur pearl dirty herb curtain heard certain germ

BIRD vowel sound in English.

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  1. At first we weren't working so early.
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  2. The birds were searching for worms.
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  3. The girls were wearing their hair curly.
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  4. Her mother heard that the nurses were thirsty.
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  5. If the dirty curtains were open, I would see the ferns.
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  6. His first birthday was on Saturday.
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  7. They were rehearsing their lines on Thursday.
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  8. Were you certain the pearl was perfect?
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  9. She purchased the purple purse herself.
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  10. We learnt that she had burnt her certificate by accident.
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