Strangely, the the Wikipedia page doesn't contain any recording for it (usually it has a recording for each consonant or vowel).

Background: I'm a native Hebrew speaker who's interested in pronunciation, especially American-English pronunciation (with focus on GenAm/Midwestern Accents) and Modern Israeli Hebrew pronunciation.

From my decades of hearing Hebrew, I got into the conclusion that the Modern Hebrew ר is not the Voiced uvular fricative([ʁ]) sound, but it actually has a vowel quality to it, like the English [ɹ ]. when pronounced "correctly" (or natively), the Resh has no "friction" sound, and it's very smooth, almost like a back-palatal vowel.

Someone on the internet has suggested that Modern Hebrew ר is actually voiced uvular flap instead, and I would like to test it with some audio recording, to compare (my) Resh to this sound.

My question is: Is there an online recording of the sound voiced uvular flap open to the public?


  • Modern Hebrew is reputed to realise that phoneme as a uvular trill, approximant or fricative. It is most popular in language description to call it a trill if it classes as a liquid. Ladefoged & Maddieson do not even suggest that "uvular flap" is an attested thing distinct from trill. (This comment pertains to the original title which asked about the tap: it's not clear what the question is supposed to be). – user6726 Jan 29 '18 at 16:17
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    I would guess you are actually hearing an approximant. Non-sibilant fricatives and approximants at the same POA seem to rarely contrast. The uvular approximant is written as ʁ or more narrowly as ʁ̞. English ɹ is also classified as an approximant – ewawe Jan 29 '18 at 16:39
  • @sumelic, sorry, but I guess my phonological knowledge isn't vast enough to understand your response. Hebrew Resh is definitely not what the narrator in Wikipedia pronounces in the ʁ page. there's too much friction there. – David Haim Jan 29 '18 at 16:45
  • @sumelic and even so, I think you're on to something, [ɰ] sounds exactly how I pronounce it (it's classified as approximant velar, not uvular) . I still want to hear how [ʀ̆] sounds like, though. – David Haim Jan 29 '18 at 16:47
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    @user6726 I'm OK with the fact that Wikipedia is not that accurate, and yet, the page I linked gives few "real" examples from real worlds that [ʀ̆] is a part of them. are these examples wrong as well? – David Haim Jan 30 '18 at 11:17

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