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Rolling 'r' and dental

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Does anybody else find it difficult to pronounce the rolling Welsh 'r' with dental sounds like 'th' or 'dd'? Even 'll'? I must really emphasise the syllables should I be able to have some amount of smooth in them. I find it hard to pronounce Mawrth, darllen, cerdded for example. Does anybody have any tips?

2 years ago

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One way is to over-emphasise the 'r' ie darrrrrr-llen, cerrrrrr-dded, mawrrrr-th. The video by the welsh plus course has some practice. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xEkjLVWwamI

2 years ago

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I have a slightly Welsh accent and cannot roll my r's (nor can I do it in French). Not every Welsh accented person can (thankfully!). What I think is more important though is getting the dd and ch sounds down, as if these are strong it almost "camouflages" a lack of rolling r, or blends in. That and working on the overall accent and speech pattern - if you are Norweigan or Scandanavian you have a bit of an advantage here as they are somewhat similar to begin with (although not Welsh, the neighbouring accent of Liverpool actually have some similarities to Danish to my ears, it is the pitch and speed I think!).

2 years ago

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Hi, have you tried pronouncing English words like "earth" and "earthen" with a Scots accent? It should be the same thing.

I am a native Welsh speaker, and I can't roll my r's; I just tap. While rolling is probably desirable, it is also perfectly acceptable to tap.

1 year ago
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