Is it possible to roll R's in Danish?

I've tried it many times, but I'm not able to pronounce the uvular R at all (the sounds that comes out of my mouth sounds only like a throaty H). Will it sound strange if I use my trilling R's in Danish? I've only read it might sound old-fashioned.

November 6, 2018


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I asume you mean the tongue tip trilling R?

Try pronouncing the stød correctly in “rød” with that R... doen’t really work (at least for me). The entire word is pronounced in the back of your mouth.

With a throaty H, you should be almost there.

Try saying first an open vowel such as a low A sound, keep that sound going, leave your tongue in the same position and close the entire mouth cavity more by raising the lower jaw. If I do that, the A turns automatically to the R sound. The jaw is the only thing that moves.

Another approach: Can you gargle with mouth wash or whatever other liquid? Do the same without a liquid and you should be pretty close to a good uvular R.

The word rød is actually good for practicing the r since the r and ø in this word are pronounced with the same tongue position - back of the tongue far back in the mouth, and then then middle of the tongue moves slightly forward and to the palate for the stød.

November 6, 2018

Thank you very much! I'll try!

November 6, 2018

It would sound extremely old-fashioned. Basically you'd be the only one doing it :D But if you really can't say the uvular r then people would at least be able to understand you.

November 21, 2018

They understood my Finnish accent (which sounded Swedish to them for whatever reason), so they'll manage with some strangely pronounced "r"-letters, too.

January 13, 2019

just try tu make the sound start in the throat and go to the top of the tung. Try to listening on Rasmus Brohave and Oscar on Youtube they are two danish boys that talk danish and i think you understand them very well. Rasmus Seebach i a singer in Danmark, and he speaks and sing very clearly.

I hoped it helped :)

November 17, 2018
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