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Pronunciation Question

Is 'r' in Spanish always pronounced as a trill? Are there ever any times when it would be pronounced as an approximant (as in, like the English 'r')? I'm not sure that the computer-generated voice is always particularly clear on this.

4 years ago

4 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/arismartin

Any English has a lot of difficulties to pronounce the Spanish r or rr. The "rr" obligates to produce a strong vibration and the "r" sound different of "r" of care, for example. Spanish talker are the same difficulty when they have to pronounce de "r" in English.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CattleRustler

r is always trilled, rr is double trilled :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jenga_Jane

Thanks, you two. I can pull off the trill personally without too much trouble, just double checking that I need to get into the habit of doing so all the time. :-)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/arismartin

The pronunciation is a hard issue. Sometimes I start the lesson in duo and when I start to fail in the pronunciation I say myself... Keep in mind... You are chew gum... And I change my vocal organs position to match that action... Well, I don't know if I improve my pronunciation or simply deceive the program...

Here in Spain, in a TV sports channel we have an old British player soccer commentator. He speaks in Spanish and he does it very well. He has learned the colloquial expressions, the idioms and so on, but he cannot avoid the treason of his origin... And he is here for over twenty five years!

I only want that my iPhone's micro understand me in English. Until now it's that not.

4 years ago