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The /ɜ/ Sound

TongueThe middle part of the tongue lifts towards the roof of the mouth in the middle. The front of the tongue hangs down. But it does not touch anything.
LipsThe corners of the lips come in, pushing the lips away from the face.
Vocal ChordsThe vocal cords vibrate.

Examples of words with the /ɜ/ sound


herder
/ˈhɜrdər/
/ˈhɛr-dər/
Pronounced by Kendra

diversity
/dɪˈvɜrsəti/
/-ˈvɜr--/
Pronounced by Ivy

overheard
/ˈoʊvərˈhɜrd/