https://www.duolingo.com/ashishshk

Pronunciation of 'ר' in Hebrew

How do we pronounce 'ר' in Hebrew exactly? (Especially when it is at the beginning of a word like 'רוצה'). Is it similar to the way the french r is pronounced?

June 23, 2016

10 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Lyaviv

It's R with your throat rather than your tongue. https://youtu.be/yossvO7Mdc8?t=18s

June 23, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Calhoun_James

There seems to be some variation depending on the speaker and its position in the word. Word initial seems to be more like an alveolar tap (רוצה), whereas at the end of word it seems lateralized (אור).

June 23, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/sepharadit

There are roughly two allophones that depend on the speaker (free variant). What you say is incorrect.

June 26, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Calhoun_James

I'm sure you're right.

June 26, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/sepharadit

(It is like the french R, but it is always voiced. Many people retain a pronunciation like Spanish R, which is "preferable".

June 23, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/romeyjondorf

No, don't get confused, the Spanish R is used in Arabic, not Hebrew.

June 25, 2019, 3:21 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/cazort

I've heard this consonant compared to the French "r", but I don't speak any French and I am quite familiar with German. German has an "r" that is also quite gutteral. They sound similar but they don't sound exactly the same. The German "r" sounds gentler to me and it sounds like it's maybe not quite as far back in the throat...

Is there anyone here who knows both German and Hebrew who can explain or compare these two for me?

June 23, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/sam.eckmann

I would say that the R in German is much softer, more breathy, and further back in the throat than the R in Hebrew. The R in hebrew is more 'abrasive', and like so many people pointed out, voiced. It's also not breathy, unlike the german R.

July 7, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/TeribleTeri

Linguistix has best how to I've ever used on resh https://youtu.be/yNJtAibUeOc I'm not the only on Duolingo whose used his method.

March 6, 2018
Learn Hebrew in just 5 minutes a day. For free.