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Ř in upper- and lowercase

The grapheme Ř, ř (R with háček, example of Czech pronunciation: About this sound "řeka" ) is a letter used in the alphabets of Czech, Upper Sorbian, and Berber (especially in its Rif variety). A similar consonant can also be found in some Norwegian dialects around Narvik. However of the official national languages, it has only the Czech language.[1] The pronunciation in these languages is different.

The Unicode glyphs are U+0158 Ř and U+0159 ř . Either can also be represented using the combining character U+030C  ̌  combining caron.


In Czech it is used to denote [r̝], a raised alveolar non-sonorant trill. Its manner of articulation is similar to other alveolar trills but the tongue is raised; it is partially fricative. It is usually voiced, [r̝], but it also has a voiceless allophone [r̝̊] occurring in the vicinity of voiceless consonants or at the end of a word.

In Upper Sorbian, it denotes the voiceless postalveolar fricative [ʃ].

This letter's pronunciation sounds closer to Polish Ż and Rz.

Tongue twister[edit]

Czech: “Třista třicet tři stříbrných stříkaček stříkalo přes třista třicet tři stříbrných střech.”

Phonetically: [ˈtr̝̊ɪsta ˈtr̝̊ɪt͡sɛt ˈtr̝̊ɪ ˈstr̝̊iːbr̩niːx ˈstr̝̊iːkat͡ʃɛk ˈstr̝̊iːkalo pr̝̊ɛs ˈtr̝̊ɪsta ˈtr̝̊ɪt͡sɛt ˈtr̝̊ɪ ˈstr̝̊iːbr̩niːx ˈstr̝̊ɛx].

English: “333 silver fire engines spurted [water] over 333 silver roofs”.


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