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Tuesday 17th of October 2006 09:07:33 AM
Tengo una pregunta...: When I speak Spanish I have a tendency to roll all my 'R's... not just 'rr's, but usually every single one! I can't help it. Is this okay? I know there are some words like "perro" and "pero" that would be indistinguishable if I rolled the 'R's in both of them. =\

Tuesday 17th of October 2006 04:50:50 PM
ok, I'll post the explanation of both sounds the way I shamelessly copied and pasted them from

As opposed to the English r, which is formed in the back of the mouth with the back of the tongue, the Spanish r is formed using the tip of the tongue on the upper palatte, behind the front teeth, more like the English d

In Lesson 1 you learned how to pronounce the Spanish r. The Spanish rr is pronounced differently than the single r - it is made by rolling the r on the upper palate, to produce a quick series of the Spanish r sounds. If a single r occurs at the beginning of a word (as in rojo), it is pronounced as a double-r (rr). Otherwise, only the rr is pronounced this way, as in marrón. If you are old enough, you might remember the "R-r-r-r-ruffles have r-r-r-r-r-ridges" commercials - this is the sound you are trying to make. It takes practice to do it well.

if you want to hear both:

Tuesday 17th of October 2006 07:46:26 PM
Every single one? That's weird. Even the combinations -br-, -pr-, and -tr-?
You'll be understood. But you'll certainly sound as if mocking of a person from East Europe (yeah... to my ear it sounds as in a cartoon).

Tuesday 17th of October 2006 10:00:19 PM
Thank you very much for the explanation, dear Vito. I must say I do agree with all he said and I guarantee he's right. :P

Tuesday 17th of October 2006 10:44:14 PM
de nada Pablo =o)

Wednesday 18th of October 2006 10:28:18 AM
Gracias a todos. =)

I guess what I'll try to do is practice not rolling singular 'R's, but it comes naturally when I speak fast.

Thursday 19th of October 2006 03:45:39 AM
Hang in there, Deppfreako.

I also roll all r`s. I guess I am weird as well :)

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