https://www.duolingo.com/major_ocelot

Alveolar trill tips? (Rolling Rs)

I'm really having a tough time learning how to trill or "roll my r's". I've watched endless tutorials but I just can't grasp it. Does anyone have any tips on how they picked it up etc? So far I've just been told practise practise practise! - but I can't help but feel I'm missing something. :/

April 28, 2015

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https://www.duolingo.com/DogePamyuPamyu

Yeah, you just have to sit around and practice it in your mouth. I don't know how to explain it, but just sit around and play with your tongue lol.

Ever since I was a kid I'd just sit around and make like annoying ADHD noises and the rolling 'r' was one of them.

One way you can fake it is slapping the roof of your mouth (a bit back from your teeth but toward the front) with the tip of your tongue when you get to an 'R'... Our American English 'R' doesn't move the tongue. So kinda do British English 'R' and tap the roof of your mouth with your tongue on the 'R'. It's not really rolling but it works enough to fake it. Hard to explain through writing...

My best advice is just to practice a ton. With the Dutch 'G' sound I just made the sound randomly... Probably annoyed people and freaked them out but I got the uvular trill down that way. XD

You'll eventually get it.

April 28, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/major_ocelot

I am British English! x) I do that tongue tappy thing to fake my way through for now until I manage to succeed. I remember this infuriated me when I was a child because all my friends could do it but that frustration is nothing compared to now when I actually need to learn it. :D I'll keep trying the methods I've heard and pray I get somewhere lol.

April 28, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/DogePamyuPamyu

A Dutch girl told me once on here (I forget who) that she can't even make the rolling 'R' sound in Dutch XD So no worries :P

April 28, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/major_ocelot

Lol I know that it is literally impossible if you have a misshapen alveolar palate and the other thing was related to the tongue, I don't really remember at the moment; otherwise it's apparently possible for anyone to do if they put the effort in... I have neither of those complications, the only complication I have is not much time alone to practise making horrible throat noises on my own :P

April 28, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/DogePamyuPamyu

Literally just acquire ADHD and make noises all day and you'll get it... I was rolling my R's and making dying coughing Dutch G-sounds before I knew that people spoke anything other than English XD

April 28, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/zanneytdc

I have ADHD, and I can't do it even with practice. xD

May 19, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/major_ocelot

I've actually made progress now! I'm really pleased I've made a breakthrough - now I just have to refine it :D

May 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/illumillama

I can't really offer any you any help, but I just wanted to let you know you're not alone! I'm a fellow Brit and all I've been able to manage so far is a kind of stunted L sound. It's especially difficult because the dialect where I live means that I've always said words like "car" as "caaah" - I'm surprised I even know what an R is!

April 30, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/major_ocelot

I tried to reply once already and it didn't post so sorry about the delayed reply lol. I'm from Oxfordshire myself! On my searches I read that when trilling you shouldn't really be trying to make a rrr sound, I'd source this but I don't remember where I read that :/ however! I can link you two video's I've found very informative on it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-K_ksKvK6U and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKRQMCHlONU

Hang in there, though. We'll get there eventually with practice. Good luck! :D

May 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/illumillama

I'm from Manchester. And thank you for the links, they're really helpful! Lycka till dig också! :)

May 2, 2015
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