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Most varieties of American English are rhotic. This means that speakers pronounce orthographic (written) 'r' regardless of the sounds around it. In non-rhotic varieties of English - such as Southern Standard British English - orthographic 'r' is only pronounced if followed by a vowel. It doesn't matter if there is a double /r/ or not in the orthography: ...
At least in the central u.s. the "r" is very clearly pronounced.
I wonder whether the OP has heard Hiberno-English speakers introducing some light-hearted humour by mimicking a well-known verbal mannerism of the actor Sean Connery? Not uncommon in Scotland. Mr. Connery comes from Edinburgh, as do I, and I don't recognise this as typical of an Edinburgh accent.
None: you cannot pick up an accent from a dictionary. You can only pick up an accent from listening to it. There’s far, far, far more to an accent than its phonology alone, let alone that part of its phonology readily expressible in IPA. Note also that most dictionaries at best use phonemic transcriptions, not phonetic ones. A phonemic transcription will ...
As mentioned in the comments, every language has its own inventory of sounds. English has a relatively high number of different sounds, and many of its sounds are rare in the languages of the world (the English "r" sound, for example, is very uncommon). When a word is borrowed into a new language (or a new dialect), it sometimes gets absorbed into the ...
I notice that most NYC Subway conductors do this, as in "14th Shtreet, 42nd Shtreet next." Outside the subway, I notice this pronunciation among many African-American men in NYC. I presume, perhaps erroneously, that this is an inner-city, macho-culture thing originating from a desire not to sound effeminate.
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