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Can't Roll R's

Hi, My name is Conner and I am having trouble rolling my R's my problem is that whenever I try my cheeks flap about to much and I can't help not using my cheeks. I try channeling the air forward but it still uses the cheeks. I've been trying for months now but nothing has worked. My Suspections are either I have maybe too short of a tongue (if that could be a reason) Or a small mouth (That might not be a reason either) I hope some of you could help.

9 months ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/El_Gusano
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You know I had the same problem picking up Spanish. Them Rs needed to be rolled! Don't worry, it has nothing to do with you anatomically. Latin Americans and Spaniards and Dutch and even the Italians don't have a special ability you don't. There really isn't a useful way to describe how to do it, it just suddenly happens. I will say if you keep trying to roll your Rs the same way you won't get it. Keep trying with your tongue in different positions and different amounts of force and it will happen. I found that rolling Rs takes a bit more force than other sounds do. Your problem is merely that you never needed to make this sound until now so be patient.

9 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hayley407497

Dont worry about it too much, just do what you can. Not everyone can make all of the sounds from a foreign language. People will just appreciate that you are trying, and wont expect you to be perfect.

9 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bmax001
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A way dutch experts try to teach this to children is by using the dutch word 'Prins' which means prince. But instead of saying prince you replace the r with a 'd'. P-d-ins. Try to say this a couple of time fast and the R will start rolling out!

9 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ister14
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Well, Polish R is also rolled but I know some Poles who simply can't pronounce it properly, despite training and being exposed to it all their lives. My father is an excellent example, and as children together with my brother we used to torment him asking to read us "Przygody Pirata Rabarbara". Yet as others said it's probably rather the problem that you've never needed that sound and as a result it's difficult for you to simply make it. Once you manage to do that you might actually find it quite easy (or not...). I think the same problem exists when you learn any new language. As an example let me use English "th", a sound that simply doesn't exist in Polish. We have a lot of problems producing the correct sound, which makes recognizing Poles pretty easy despite them using even most elegant and grammatically correct English.

9 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Susande
Susande
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Many Dutch and Germans have the same problem with English th. A joke about this:

  • Radio call by an English ship in distress: "We are sinking!"
  • Reply by a Dutch, German or Polish ship: "What are you thinking about?" (sentence pronounced with an accent, including sinking)
9 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Gotiscool
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Just say ‘bitter better badder’ really fast when you’re bored and it might help you to role your rs a bit better.

9 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LiviLouise37

Try using your tongue not your cheeks

9 months ago
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