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!
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
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.
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! :)
My Spanish r became easier when I read that they sound like the dd in ladder.
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.
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
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... >_<
Thanks for the tip! (And also the video--like I mentioned to DXLi, this is one I haven't seen yet!) I appreciate it~ :)
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!
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.