I'm still confused. How do I roll my French r's?
Do I put my tongue all the way at the back of my mouth and let air pass through? Or is it just like pronouncing an h? When I put my tongue at the back and let air pass, it sound unnatural and sounds like I'm going to spit mucus or something. The second one doesn't seem right either.
If it helps for research, the French "rolled r" is called an "uvular trill." It's pronounced in the back of the throat and sounds "guttural."
The fancier "machine gun" trill that's spoken in Spanish and Italian is called an "alveolar trill."
They both take practice, but I found the alveolar trill quite difficult to learn as a native English speaker. If you do a Google search, there are quite a few sites that try to teach people to speak them properly.
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I think that mucus sound is normal. The pronunciation will eventually grow on you, and you'll transition to something more subtle. I can only give you advice by offering my experience. At first, I always pronounced the "R" like "L", so I would say "il est tlès impoltant" instead of "il est très important".
My teacher recommended that I go into the shower and just gurgle, in order to practice, and either use an "L" or a "G" sound. Eventually, the sound roughened up to a very forced French R, before smoothing down to something more natural as I became used to it.
Another comparison is often made to the sound we make for babies, "goo goo gah gah". You often hear that sound made with some sort of soft gutteral noise, and if you know the sound I am referring to, and can replicate it, it might be of use for you, when comparing it to the French R.
I think the second one is the German 'ch'. The French 'r' is somewhat similar to that. What languages are you fluent in? Maybe I can find you an equilivent to the French 'r'. It's like saying an 'h' while closing your throat.
The sound of the French 'r' is also found in German, Arabic, Armenian...etc
I thought that this video was excellent. I shall endeavour to add it to my practice. Thanks!
You dont roll them. The rolled r is what exists in spanish, italian and greek. the french r is completely different. Its gutteral. this means it needs to be kind of like a scraping at the back of your throat. Pretend you have something stuck there and try to get it unstuck. and listen to a lot of spoken french. hearing imrpoves pronounciation a lot
i think its kind of like drowning out the word 'air' and put a little emphasise on the r at the end
Thank you for posting the question. It's something I struggle with. Rolling R is hard !!