It's an "r", but pronounced like a French "r", so it does kind of sound like "l" if you are just hearing it over speakers.
Unfortunately, I don't know French, so that's a bit like telling me that the French 'r' sounds like the Hebrew 'r'. However, saying that it might sound like an 'l' when listening over speakers makes sense. Thanks. :)
Now that I've been listening to it for a while, I'd say that the Hebrew 'r' is pronounced at the back of the jaw / mouth. Cheers. :)
There are a bunch of terms for it, but you use your uvula, so one term is "uvular", and another is "guttural". And you're right: the sound is made in the back of the mouth.
I don't know French either, but I've heard enough fake French and French accents to know what the "r" sounds like!
The welcome post in the discussion area explains what you can do with that issue.
"The man sees" vs "The man is looking" is there a different verb for 'looking' in Hebrew?
Why is there a glottal stop after ה in "האמא" but there is no glottal stop in "הגבל"?
The consonant "א" has the "sound" of a glottal stop itself (when not used like a "vowel")
What is the difference between רואה and the other word with א has 3 dots in the bottom of it? Btw, the character is not available in my hebrew keyboard.
I'll stick to my Hebrew class- asking questions right off the bat with out any prep then getting the big red X just makes me want to quit. I'm doing the French but i think I'll stop that too. - most of the sentences don't make sense and are not useful. Joining a French conversation and saying "I am a shark, or I am a red boot, or an ant is an insect is just stupid"
I hope you have kept at it! Duolingo's method is a little hard at first. It is sort of the way you would learn if you were thrown into a new country where everyone speaks a different language, like the way a new baby learns. You try, and you make mistakes, and you try to figure out why, and you try again. The discussions are very helpful if you can't figure it out! Sometimes the sentences are silly, but if you can understand a silly sentence, you know that you are not just rote learning but really understand the words! If you keep at it, I think you will see in a few weeks that you are really improving!
it is silly at first, and very hard for beginners who don't know the alef beit (duolingo should teach the alphabet in the first level)... but the next levels should be much better and have real life applications