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Doesn't Dutch use the rolled R?

I thought in Dutch you're supposed to speak with a rolled R, but it sounds like this program is using the English R.

December 15, 2014



It really depends on who you are! Some people use a German/French-like r, like the TTS on Duolingo. I, for example, use a more rolling r (Spanish-like). Why? I guess because I'm just raised with :)


here you can find some information about Dutch pronunciation of the letter 'r' http://www.learndutch.org/dutch-alphabet-r/


So I can use the German R and be ok? This is the only letter giving me a problem so I appreciate the help.


In my experience there's a few different r sounds (like in German). Some r sounds are a hard, American like r, also like the English R as well. The TTS though is really bad. Someone posted this video a while ago and it's super cute, it's a Dutch airlines commercial and it gives you an idea of how Dutch is really spoken away from the robot . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NK-T_t166TY

There's a lot on the internet to help with how the language sounds like: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCY0BCa9cKhn-V1W52ALrR5Q

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