First-off, I'm not a native speaker.
I've noticed that a lot of words ending in -r and -l are pronounced as if they had an extra syllable. Especially when they have a -ee- or -ai- sound.
The last two are pronounced ree-ul and ree-ur. Reap is a one-syllable word. Others aren't.
More examples: beep/beer, cake/care, laid/lair
Also, words with most other sounds preceding -r don't seem to follow the pattern. Car is not caa-ur. More is not mo-ur.
So my questions are:
- Is the extra syllable just something I'm hearing, or is it actually pronounced?
- If it is pronounced, why do only -r and -l follow the rule?