How to Pronounce BEAR 🐻 BEER 🍺 BEARD 🧔 BIRD 🦅 /bɛr, bɪr, bɪrd, bɝd/ English Pronunciation Lesson

By Brian Lemay 42 comments

hi this is Jennifer from Tarle speech
and language with your pronunciation question today’s question is a long one
how do I say the words bear beer beard and bird these words have that pesky R
vowel in them and that means that spelling is not going to help us very
much so I’ve made us a color-coded schematic
here to help us um and let’s tackle these one at a time our first word is bear the
animal and this word is spelled b e AR but it is pronounced with the air vowel
bear the next word beer the delicious drink is spelled EE AR and is pronounced
with ear beer so for this air you’re going to open your mouth wide and then
move to that R sound and then for this ear you’re going to smile and then move
to the R sound you can see that the vowel in beer is the same as the vowel
in beard so again we have that ear vowel this time spelling is actually helping
us thank goodness and the e AR ear is going to be pronounced for this word be
sure to touch the tip of your tongue to the back of your top front teeth for
that D sound beard lastly we have the word bird which is the animal that flies
and this sound even though it’s spelled with an i R we are going to pronounce it
with just the short er sound and you’re going to do this by slightly rounding
your lips and the key is we are not touching the teeth with the tongue at
all the tip of your tongue should either be pulled back
or should be pointing down to the bottom of your mouth and again end the sound
with a D by touching the tip of your tongue to the back of your top front
teeth so let’s start from the bottom and go down bear bear bear beer beer beer beard beard beard bird bird bird let’s
give those all a try again beer I’m sorry bear beer beard bird since I made
a mistake let’s try them again bear beer beard bird and now in a sentence the man
with the beard was drinking a beer while he watched the bear and the bird give it
a try people are definitely going to notice the difference if you found this
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1 pc user

Jul 7, 2017, 2:13 am Reply

great share.
thank you.

Tarle Speech & Language Services – English Pronunciation

Jul 7, 2017, 2:13 am Reply

This week, learn how to pronounce the English words BEAR, BEER, BEARD, and BIRD correctly. Spelling confuses people so see below for a "cheat sheet" of how to pronounce the R vowels.


Rob Videos

Jul 7, 2017, 2:31 am Reply

Great lesson and help, thanks a lot.


Jul 7, 2017, 2:32 am Reply

thank you!

Marco Uscanga Olea

Jul 7, 2017, 2:35 am Reply

I like this video a lot because the spelling of these words confuse a lot ESL learners. Best wishes

Patricio Bautista

Jul 7, 2017, 2:52 am Reply

Could you please explain the definition of compelling in a sentence thank you very much

Daniel Clark

Jul 7, 2017, 2:56 am Reply

Blessings!! teacher

Luiz Venturote

Jul 7, 2017, 3:31 am Reply

Great! Thank you!

David D.

Jul 7, 2017, 9:38 am Reply

A very good lesson. Well explained. Thx a lot!


Jul 7, 2017, 10:33 am Reply

Fantastic lesson, Jennifer. Little by little I find that "r" easier, and today I have learned a new word: pesky. Thank you very much!


Jul 7, 2017, 11:16 am Reply

Very helpful!

Ömer Tosunoğlu

Jul 7, 2017, 6:08 pm Reply

Hi this was easy thanks🙋 i am having a small problem with entrepreneur, i can actually pronounce but 'neur' section is a little bit different☺


Jul 7, 2017, 8:08 am Reply

Thanks, very useful!

Jihun Bak

Jul 7, 2017, 2:56 pm Reply

Thanks a lot, teacher!! And I have a quesiton. I can pronounce word as w3:rd but I don't know how to pronounce 'words' (added s). is it w3:rds or w3:rz?? Plz help me, teacher T.T

Carlos Alberto Rico Ortega

Aug 8, 2017, 4:49 pm Reply

Teacher no olvides su tablero, es muy didáctica su clase. Gracias.

Albert Sebastian

Dec 12, 2017, 10:46 am Reply

Good video with good technique

Sachin Dey

Jan 1, 2018, 3:11 am Reply

I love it


Mar 3, 2018, 2:10 pm Reply

How to pronounce Pray and Prey?

Sarthak Kohli

Mar 3, 2018, 4:34 pm Reply

eveytime you make video it's very helpful on the other hand it's awesome..

rameshkumar pillai

Apr 4, 2018, 2:41 am Reply

Thanks for the video

bernard marquez

May 5, 2018, 6:48 pm Reply

i feel, i'm a BEAR, when i drink a bottle of BEERS, i get drunk, i'm touching my BEARD and i look in a mirror, i'm totally BARE, huh, tnx for that.

Blue Road viet nguyen

May 5, 2018, 7:03 am Reply

Thank you so much

Aziz Mohamed

May 5, 2018, 9:30 pm Reply

These words were really confusing me. Thank you for explaining how to pronounce them . thank you teacher Jennifer

Aziz Mohamed

May 5, 2018, 9:38 pm Reply

If this is not wrong I downloaded this video on my computer

Anthony Zavala

May 5, 2018, 2:17 am Reply

Many many thanks for your video is the first time who I see one of your videos and I loved it.

Gênesis Carlos

Aug 8, 2018, 10:06 pm Reply

Thank you

Mario Bros

Sep 9, 2018, 12:10 am Reply

your beautiful and helpful i love you 😗

Eman Atya

Sep 9, 2018, 6:15 pm Reply

Could you tell me the meaning of each word of them,please?

sengchira marak

Sep 9, 2018, 11:33 am Reply

Very good.

Yee Li

Sep 9, 2018, 7:07 am Reply

Can you make videos on how to pronounce these words "Dot" and "Build" "Sound"

cesar vivas

Oct 10, 2018, 3:07 am Reply

I have no word to describe how useful it was for me. Now I noticed the differences all these words. Thank you a ton


Mar 3, 2019, 1:05 pm Reply

Wonderfully done.

shinichi okamoto

Apr 4, 2019, 10:00 pm Reply

I like to drink beer with my friends 🍺

Servant of AEIE

May 5, 2019, 4:51 am Reply

no, its /bɛ̝˞ bi˞ bi˞d̚ bɚd̚/

DVR Rollers

Sep 9, 2019, 3:03 pm Reply

Very clear. Thanks for making this video.

Luis Carlos Assis

Sep 9, 2019, 12:11 am Reply

Wow!! Is not was so hard. Thank you 👏👏👏

Vishnu Acharya

Oct 10, 2019, 3:11 am Reply

I love you…. U r such a cutie pie …. uuuummmmhhhhaaaa

Luis Carlos Assis

Oct 10, 2019, 7:15 am Reply

Wonderful simply!! Ms. Tarle, thank you. Simple and precise!!


Oct 10, 2019, 1:54 am Reply

Thanks, this' been a nightmare my whole life

Dominus Styx

Oct 10, 2019, 12:42 pm Reply

Bravo. Very, comprehensive.

Lia Masliah

Nov 11, 2019, 12:47 pm Reply

thank you, Ms Tarle

Luis Carlos Assis

Dec 12, 2019, 9:08 am Reply

Bear/Beer/Bee this are confusing words. Thank you, you gave great tips!!

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