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Mastering the French "R" sound...any tips?

Hello, everyone! I'm not sure if this question has already been asked, but I thought I ought to try my luck here just in case!

I think I've been doing very well with pronunciation in French. The only sound that still escapes me is the "r" sound. I know there are supposed to be two different ways to pronounce it (depending on its placement in the word), but for the life of me I can't do it right either way.

Does anyone have any good tips on how to practice pronouncing the French "r"? I would like to become good at this, because pronunciation is such an important part for me!

Thank you for anyone who takes the time to help out! I truly appreciate it!

October 7, 2014

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DXLi
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    October 8, 2014

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

    I've seen a few of these videos on Youtube, but not this particular one. It looks like it could help quite a bit! Thanks for the tip! :D

    October 8, 2014

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

    I thought I'd tried everything but THIS WORKED THANK YOU SO MUCH

    March 3, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/s.2.the.ujay

    watched many and this one is the gGgRrReatest

    August 2, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/saffron.murray99

    She's good :D

    September 30, 2019

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

    This could totally be taken the wrong way, but the first time I managed to pronounce it decently was when I basically made that "ecchhh" sound people make when they're disgusted.

    Don't stress too much about it. I've been trying to fully figure out the Spanish 'r' for like ten years now. I'm just learning to accept that having a slight accent as a foreigner gives you a kind of charm that people appreciate.

    October 7, 2014

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

    I know what you mean about the Spanish "r" as well. I studied Spanish in high school, and again, I was great at all the other pronunciation aspects, but rolling that r... ^^;;

    Anyway, thank you for your help nonetheless! I genuinely appreciate it! Good luck to you as well! :)

    October 8, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Donnab8

    My Spanish r became easier when I read that they sound like the dd in ladder.

    February 10, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Resonance2001

    Do you ever gargle with mouthwash? It's a little bit like that although the tongue is somewhat furthur forward. It is a brief sound.

    October 7, 2014

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

    I do! :) And thanks! I'll have to consider that when practicing!

    October 8, 2014

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

    Practice it a lot, especially around native speakers. My French r is pretty solid most of the time, but there are still places that just stump me. For example, I can not say the 'eur' sound without sounding like a complete idiot

    October 8, 2014

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

    That's awesome! Keep up the good work! :D For me, the times my "r" sound the worst are when I try to say anything where an "a" follows the "r." It's just nightmarish... >_<

    October 8, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tnel1

    There are a lot of videos on this specific topic on Youtube. Here's one: http://youtu.be/MrjMJ_PAlB8

    All I can say is practice and repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat...............do it to the point you feel you are overdoing it.

    October 7, 2014

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

    Thanks for the tip! (And also the video--like I mentioned to DXLi, this is one I haven't seen yet!) I appreciate it~ :)

    October 8, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tnel1

    oh great! it's been awhile since i've worked on french so it was fun for me to look. i must say, they have some really great resources since i last looked! good luck!

    October 8, 2014

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

    This is a hard one. I picked up my French and Spanish r's pretty fast but I'm not sure. I'd say look around on YouTube or find a French friend IRL to help you.

    October 7, 2014

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

    You're very lucky, hahaha! Thanks for your tips! :)

    October 8, 2014

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

    I need help on this too!

    December 9, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RebeccaCao2

    For me I find it most difficult when the R is followed by a K or R or T... :(

    January 30, 2019
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