Open back unrounded vowel
In Received Pronunciation /ɑːr/ is pronounced [ɑː] unless it is followed by a vowel, i.e. the "r" is normally silent unless it is followed by a vowel.
In General American the "r" is always pronounced.
There are places in the United Kingdom where the "r" is pronounced, and places in North America where it is not pronounced.
Some common words which practice the pronunciation of /ɑː/ include the following:
- with "a": father
- with "ar": apart, are /ər, ɑːr/, aren't, argue /ˈɑːrɡjuː/, argument, arm, army, art, article, artist, bar, car, card, carpet, charge, charm, chart, dark, department, far, farm, garden, guard /ɡɑːrd/, guitar, hard, harm, large, march, mark, market, park, part, partner, party, regard, remark, sharp, smart, star, start, target /ˈtɑːrɡɪt/, yard
- others: heart - our /ɑːr, ˈaʊər/
Less common words
- with "a": avocado - balm - bra - garage - karate - lama - lava - llama - Nazi - origami - palm - piñata - psalm - soprano - spa - tsunami
- with "ar": aria - guitarist - safari - sari
- "oi" as /wɑː/: bourgeoisie - repertoire
- /ɑː/: Bach, Brahms, Dali anglicised pronunciation /ˈdɑːliː/, Catalan pronunciation /dəˈliː/; Barack Obama /bəˈrɑːk əʊˈbɑːmə/, Picasso
- /ɑːr/: Arthur, Barbara, Carl, Charles, Margaret, Mark, Martha
- /ɑː/: Azerbaijan /æzərbaɪˈdʒɑːn/, Caracas /kəˈrɑːkəs/, Colorado /kɒləˈrædəʊ, kɒləˈrɑːdəʊ/, Guatemala /gwɑːtəˈmɑːlə/, La Paz /lə ˈpɑːz/, Managua /məˈnɑːgwə/, Osaka /əʊˈsɑːkə/, Pakistan /ˈpækɪstæn, pɑkɪˈstɑn/, Panama /ˈpænəmɑː/, Santiago /sæntɪˈɑːgəʊ/, Taiwan /ˈtaɪˈwɑːn/, Utah /ˈjuːtɔː, ˈjuːtɑː/
- /ɑːr/: Argentina, Arkansas /ˈɑːrkənsɔː/, Armenia, Cardiff, Denmark, Iran /ɪˈrɑːn, ɪˈræn/,