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How to say the "r" sound

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Hello, I have been learning Spanish for some time, but I can't say the "r" sound you make with your tongue. Any tips? (By the way, what is that called?)

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Samsta
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Here's a good Youtube tutorial on it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9eN2B7Wj68

It's called the trilled R. Remember that the single R has one flap of the tongue, while the double R (rr) or an R at the beginning of a word (risa) is the trilled R (multiple flaps).

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Denfisksson

I guess you mean the sound you can find in words like "PERRO", "RAQUETA" or "RISA", right?

I have no idea how to explain how I make that sound. I hope I don't discourage you if I say that I know people (not natives) that have been speaking Spanish for years and they still don't know how to do it properly. I guess that, as always, it is a matter of practise.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/-Katrina.-
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Yeah, that's the sound I meant. It's ok, I will still keep trying! :) Maybe I'll get it someday! Hopefully you get it someday too! :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Denfisksson

I'm Spanish, that's why I know how to make the sound, but not how to explain it :S. It's amazing because since I use duolingo I've discovered that even though I know how to speak my language, I barely know how to explain most of its rules lol.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ricardomfe
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I hope you are a Spaniard and it is simpler than it seems. You put the tongue in the same place as you would do when making the T sound of for example "sat", but the way the air is "managed" is different. While in T, you use your tongues to stop the air flow and then you free the tongue so that the air will quickly be freed and that's what produces the sound, when making the R we keep pulling our tongues back so as soon as the air gets freed to flow and the pressure weakness, because air was released. The tongue returns to the place where it blocked the air flow and the process continues, like a steam engine.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ricardomfe
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http://www.uiowa.edu/~acadtech/phonetics/spanish/frameset.html You can select "vibrantes", choose the second R and click in step by step. I hope it works

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/turkeysock
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Can you roll your tongue in a U? If you can do that, you can roll your R's. It's called a trilled r.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NoNameHaveI

I have been told this before. I can roll my tongue in a U. I still can't make this sound.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DanD_8
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I've been trying to roll my Rs for (literally) twenty years and have had little success. I sometimes make the correct sound, but can never replicate it. I once was told that if I can't roll my Rs there's no point in learning Italian or Spanish, since I'll always sound like a foreigner. I've made my peace with my Rs :).

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nkn15

When you roll your "r", do you do it easily without thinking, or do you have to think about it in order to do it? What I mean is, do you automatically roll your "r"'s when you say a Spanish word like "perro"?

4 years ago