https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Moka2222

Trouble with the French R

Will French speakers be able to understand me if my R sounds more English than French? I can occasionally produce the French R, but not very well. I know that if I pronounce vowels wrong I will likely be incomprehensible, but would a poorly pronounced R be just as bad?

December 15, 2018

8 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Pierrick230608

No don't worry ! I had an english friend of mine to come in France not too long ago and even though his accent was not perfect, we always understood what he said ! Actually strong english accents are still understandable in french, we ourselves have so much different accents ah ah !

December 15, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Moka2222

Merci pour l'encouragement! That is so good to hear. :)

December 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Pierre276b3

Bien sûr, les gens vont vous comprendre malgré votre accent.

December 15, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/desireezire

Probably yes, learning a new language would need you to be able to pronounce certain words and letters and so on, as a fellow German learner you would as well understand that the slightest mistake in your word pronunciation changes everything, pronunciations may not always be recognised but it is important for you to acknowledge them.

December 15, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Pikachu025

Hello there, fellow French learner. Here is a helpful tip.

The typical English "R" is pronounced with your tongue touching the base of the front-top teeth (the upper incisors).

However, the typical French "R" is pronounced such that your tongue is pulled back and almost touches the roof of your mouth!

That's it, try it out. It'll take a few tries to make it happen naturally. Impressionnant, n'est-ce pas? Bonne chance! ;)

December 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Moka2222

That's a good tip and that's how I am able to produce the sound in some words. There are still certain words where I just can't get my tongue to cooperate! Like "très" and "frère " Dont get me wrong -- I'll keep trying. But I'm more concerned with being understood than with having a good accent. Here's a lingot for thé help.

December 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/B4burrell

I asked the exact same questions when learning french,totally forget about about the R you have more important things to focus on haha.

levels of accent stresses are environmental traits from what ive seen the same goes for the dialect. its not a necessity to learn or to be understood, ive worked in montreux,dakar, Toulouse and Montreal.....the "R" sound has varied from harsh to hardly noticeable.

December 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/xAngelique

I feel this. I knew when I first started pronouncing the French R, it was a pain! But with the help of Damon and Jo. I finally was able to get it down. They helped me so much! I recommend watching their video for it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCw_lEb1qXk

December 18, 2018
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