The one thing that confuses me the most are the AIR and EAR sounds as in AmERica and ExpERiment.
What exactly is the AIR/EAR sound? The AIR sound is basically a short E or a long A sound controlled by an R, correct? And the EAR sound is just a long E controlled by an R, right?
What is the official name of these sounds? How would I explain them to other learners? When do we use them?
AIR: ERic, SquARE, bARE, mARried, mERry
EAR: bEER, mERE, fEAR, hERo