Sonorants are consonants that can act as vowels. In English, they are /m/, /n/, /y/, /w/, /l/, and /r/.
/M/ and /n are called nasals because air flows through the nose when you make the sounds, /j/ (spelled as ‘y’) and /w/ are called semivowels, and /l/ and /r/ are called liquids. Liquids, especially /r/, are the most difficult sounds for people learning English for several reasons. First, the written letters represent more than one sound; second, they are made in a similar way in the mouth; and third, they can act as both consonants and vowels.
This section examines each of these sounds, with example words using each of the sounds. Then, it has sentences containing variation we are learning. At the end of the section, there are example sentences with a mixture of all of the sounds.
Practice Sentences With Mixed Sonorants
- Red robins are rarely really rare.
- Nearly all merely related lurid romance novels mean little.
- Little red riding hood walked through the lonely forest.
- A little bit of butter for my royal slice of bread.
- Where are the reptiles here at the fair?