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5 Tips To Roll Your Rs In Spanish, Italian… Or Any Other Language!

how to roll your RsLearning 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…

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7 Tips To Learn Spanish Fast

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In this article, I’ll show you how to learn Spanish fast! You’ll discover the 7 key areas I’d focus on if I had to learn how to speak Spanish confidently in only a few months. I’ve drawn on my experience of learning 10 languages and identified the key study practices that result in you being able […]

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French Punctuation: The Curious Case of the Space

French Punctuation: The Curious Case of the Space

If you are learning French, punctuation may not be the first thing you think you need to focus on. In fact, no matter which language you are learning, punctuation is likely far down your list of things to learn. You probably prefer to focus instead on learning vocabulary and grammar. After all, punctuation is only […]

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6 Destructive Language Learning Excuses… And How To Beat Them!

6 Common Language Learning Excuses and How To Tackle Them

One of my favourite truisms is as follows… “The quality of your questions determine the quality of your answers.” To put it another way, if you’re looking for ways to become a better language learner, the solutions you find will depend on the questions you ask… Or the stories you tell yourself.  So, what stories do […]

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5 Amazing Reasons to Learn Ukrainian Today

5 Reasons to Learn Ukrainian

Today, I’m delighted to feature a guest post on a language that’s never been covered on I Will Teach You A Language before. Have you ever been tempted to learn Ukrainian? The author is Lesley Vos, a blogger, nature lover and coffee addict! Maybe it has never occurred to you to learn Ukrainian, but it should! By […]

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How To Learn Two Languages At The Same Time

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It’s the language learning question I get asked most often… It comes up again and again on the podcast… And no matter how often we discuss it, it keeps coming back… “Can you learn two languages at the same time?” There’s something about the romance of studying two languages at once that people seem unwilling […]

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New Project: Learn To Write Traditional Chinese Characters

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I’m stuck. After a couple of years learning Cantonese, I feel like I’m at an impasse. The problem? I can’t read. I can speak Cantonese, but I’ve never learnt to read or write. You might think that’s a bit odd, but not studying Chinese writing at the start was a conscious decision I made, based […]

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Yoga For Language Learning: Stretching Your Mind and Body

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Practising yoga and learning foreign languages have more in common than you might imagine. The results of practising yoga and languages are similar – they are both great for your mind and body. In this article, I would like to share my experience and hopefully help you with incorporating yoga practice into your language study. Of […]

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MosaLingua App Review

Mosalingua App Review

I’ve been hearing a lot about the MosaLingua app for some time now, so I thought I’d give it a try, and write a review! So what is MosaLingua? Well, on a very basic level, it’s a smartphone app that teaches you useful phrases in the language you’re learning. The app then helps you remember […]

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5 Free Apps to Help You Learn Japanese

5 free apps to help you learn Japanese

So you want to learn Japanese, but you aren’t sure whether traditional methods or digital options are a good fit for you… Do you go with books? Or do you go with learn Japanese apps? Technology has drastically changed how we do things, making products more efficient, cheaper and faster, but traditional methods are still the […]

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Thai For Beginners: How to Learn to Speak Thai From Scratch

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What’s not to love about Thailand? It’s a stunning country, with beautiful people, and world-class food. But like most travellers to Thailand, I’d never even tried to learn to speak Thai… until now! In August 2016, I packed my suitcase and flew to Bangkok, with one mission: to (finally) learn to speak Thai. While in […]

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Lust In Translation: How To Use French Movies To Learn The Language Of Love

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People learning French often ask me which are the best French movies to watch to learn the language of love. However, what they often don’t consider is how to use those movies to learn French effectively. We all love French movies, but are movies just a bit of fun or can you actually use them to improve your French? The […]

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How To Change The World Of Language Education (Forever!)

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http://traffic.libsyn.com/iwillteachyoualanguage/IWTYAL_Pod_123.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS Many people believe that language education in schools is not fit for purpose. “School put me off languages for life!” … is something we hear all too often. But why? In this fascinating discussion, I chat with Lindsay from Lindsay Does Languages to see […]

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Introducing: 2 Week “Learn Thai” Challenge … In Bangkok!

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For two weeks this summer, I’m going to take on a language challenge with a difference! I’ve teamed up with my friend Jan Van Der Aa to learn Thai, and we’re going head-to-head, using two very different methods… I’ll be taking lessons in a local Thai language school for 2 hours every morning. Meanwhile… Jan will […]

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6 Strategies For Free Language Learning On The Move

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We live in a world where free language learning is now perfectly possible. But, without the structure of formal classes, how can you make sure your language learning endeavours are successful? Better still, how can you do it on the move, however busy you are? Here to tell us how, is guest author Andrew Howe!  […]

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