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I do not know how essential it is to roll the "R". But there is a trick independant from the language. Use words of your own language with a "dr" or "br" like draw, drew, brew brown and train it. Than speak or think a little "d" before the rolling "R", that my help you.</pre>
I can't roll my 'R''s either. They'll still understand you but it's somewhat like having a small speech impendement. At least according to my Russian S/O and my inlaws. They find my inability to roll my Rs hilarious...:( I just accept the English accent which I shall always have!
You can also develop the muscles for it this way: put a small candy on your tongue near the tip, then fold your tongue over it (you can use your teeth or other parts of your mouth to help if necessary).
Play with the candy like that, folding your tongue over it, until your tongue starts to feel a little warm.
It sounds weird but I do it sometimes (a teacher suggested it to the class once) and it does help. It's like a mini workout for your tongue.
I was wondering the same thing. To me, the О in Радио sounds like the stressed "Oh" here, even though the А is definitely the stressed vowel. Could it be because radio is an imported Word like Такси which is irregular in several ways, or is the TTS just pronouncing it weird?
Sadly, you can't learn Russian properly without a Russian keyboard. Except if you handwrite the words you meet. But learning to type in a Russian keyboard (learning to find the letters on the keyboard is better,( it requires training to type at a normal speed).
The easier way is to use Duo on a phone. Swapping keyboards is so easy.
You can look it up on Wiktionary: https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/%D1%80%D0%B0%D0%B4%D0%B8%D0%BE#Russian
Yes. The capital letters are taller. Most look just like their lowercase counterpart, with just a few exceptions.