Learning how to roll your Rs is one of those language learning ordeals that can really make you feel stupid!
Whether you’re learning Spanish, Italian, or any other language that uses this sound, chances are you’ve struggled to roll your Rs naturally.
Like me, you probably spent hours twisting your mouth into weird shapes, desperately trying to figure out how to get that beautiful R that native speakers produce so effortlessly.
In my case, the rolled R just came out one day, as if by magic. (That, and 2 long years of trying!)
But I wanted to ask other language learners how they did it.
So, I asked members of my Fluency Mastermind Facebook Group for their best tips, and wrote them up into this post!
How To Roll Your Rs
Technically speaking, the rolled R is known as the alveolar trill and is found in quite a few languages, like Spanish, Italian, Arabic and Malay.
The rolled R is not exactly a barrier to communication, but if you substitute it with a regular /r/ it can sometimes feel as though you are speaking like a child.
But fear not, you are not alone.
In fact, did you know even speakers struggle with this sometimes? I remember meeting Spanish and Italians who could not roll their Rs…
So have faith!
All learners struggle with this sound at some point, so let’s learn how some others have succeeded… Continue reading…