How to pronounce words starting with DR-

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Hello students! In today’s lesson we’re going to practice pronouncing English words starting with DR-.

When we have DR at the beginning of a word, the “D” often takes on a sort of “J” sound. Listen to the difference in the “D” between die and dry:


In the word “die,” the D has a regular D sound, and in “dry,” it sounds like J.

The other thing to keep in mind when pronouncing words starting with DR- is to be careful not to “roll” the R. In some languages, the R sound is “rolled”, with your tongue touching or tapping on the roof of your mouth. But in English, the R sound is always made with your tongue low in your mouth, and your tongue shouldn’t move or vibrate. Listen to the difference between the word red pronounced with a “rolled R” (incorrect) and with a regular R (correct):

RED (incorrect) – RED (correct)

OK, now let’s try these words and sentences with DR-. Listen and repeat after me:

drain – The water went down the drain.

drag – She dragged the suitcase to the car.

dream – I had a wonderful dream last night.

draw – My son loves to draw pictures.

drive – It’s a fifteen-minute drive to the beach.

drift – The clouds are drifting across the sky.

drool – The baby is drooling.

drop – Be careful not to drop that dish.

drum – I’ve always wanted to learn how to play the drums.

dry – My mouth is dry; I need a drink of water!

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