Confused why R in same word is pronounced different by different German people?

I was looking at a website which has native speakers saying the same word Lärm. I'm confused why two of them pronounce the R the way I read Germans pronounce it from the back of the throat, but then two of them pronounce the R the same as English?

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I asked my friend in Germany on facebook by messaging, and they didn't know what I was talking about, as said it all sounded the same to them, and said you can say the R any way, so now I'm annoyed they're not helping, so I told them I would ask on the internet.

October 13, 2017


Don't be annoyed, your friend was right. I guess the last one with the slightly rolling "r"("Lerrm") tried to pronounce it especially correct. In recent years I often heard the letter pronounced more like a combination of "e" and "a" ("leam" for "Lärm"), as the others do. For me it sounds a bit odd, but as your friend told you, it is a matter of local colouring. Where I live, people tend to speak this word like they have a double "ä" ("Lääm"). As in many languages, the context will conect the dots and lead you to understanding.

October 14, 2017

Thank you. It didn't make sense to me, as why was I going to the trouble of learning how to pronounce R the German way, if it can be pronounced the same as English anyway?

October 14, 2017

There are differences in pronouncing the letter "r". In English, I move the tongue to the top of my gum while the German one wants it to stay down (at least this is what I do). Anyway, it may sound a bit different but since the Germans understand you it will suffice

October 14, 2017

Dialect differences, plus there are two methods of pronouncing "r"

October 14, 2017
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