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Pronunciation of the r

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I'm currently thinking of learning Swedish. The alveolar r appears to be widespread throughout Europe, which is certainly the difficulty I face. I actually tried a lot in order to produce the sound. Well, I then realised my tongue being much stronger on one side, which leads it into not vibrating evenly. So, I gave up on learning the trill. I've also never used the sound before. (German as my native language, English, French and Mandarin at school and recently Danish) I researched a while ago. The uvular R is used in some southern dialects but I'd like to have my speech more standardised. Is it acceptable to use [ʀ]/[ʁ] in Rikssvenska instead of [r]? (I can produce the alveolar tap/flap but doesn't work out in some combinations.)

1 year ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/IsakNygren1
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The R sound differs a lot within Sweden and Swedish speaking part of Finland. Since Swedish is not your native language, it doesn't really matter what kind of R pronunciation you use.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Arnauti
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Here's a thread with more details: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/5522768
There are also some useful links to pronunciation resources in the sticky post under Swedish Discussions. As IsakNygren1 says, the pronunciation varies among native speakers. Some native speakers of Swedish are incapable of saying the standard R sound (some people are even physically incapable of it if their tongue is too short somehow) so it's not uncommon to hear variations even within dialects.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kawaii_Overlord

My friend is a native Swede who was in Sweden until 5 years ago on the east-side and he can do it as well as me being a native English speaker in Australia XD (meaning not at all XD)

However another Swedish friend can roll his tongue and he lives in southern Sweden

As mentioned above, it's probably based more on the dialect of Swedish you hear or where you are in Sweden.

1 year ago

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How would the King pronounce it?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Tebasile98

With the standard R. But don't go and imagine that the way the King speaks is the "right" way. He probably tries his hardest to use "Rikssvenska" but a very few people actually have that as their "native dialect".

1 year ago