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Angela Galvin
Rolling the 'R' in Italian I simply cannot roll my 'R' and it's super frustrating. I have read lots of suggestions online and tried them; sometimes I can get a tiny roll going, but only with certain letter combinations, 'tr', 'ro' and 'ra'. And it doesn't work all the time. Sometimes it's a bit easier after a glass of wine, but I can't drink every time I want to speak Italian! I'm not that confident with speaking as I think the lack of a rolled R makes me sound very foreign. Which I am of course, but I'd rather sound a little more authentic. Does anyone have any tips???
Jan 14, 2016 2:53 PM
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Try this way: put the top of your toungue against your hard palate, and the try to make the toungue vibrate, try to make a "purring" sound, like the one of a cat. Do this in front of a mirror, let me know!
January 31, 2016
I would not worry at all.
January 14, 2016
You should not see this as a problem. In fact there are even Italians who cannot roll the Rs. It could be a defect of pronunciation or simply your habit. https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rotacismo_%28medicina%29 In general it's not a big deal unless you mangle the rest of the word containing the Rs to the point of making it unrecognisable. As an exercise: try to imagine revving an engine... rrr...rrr...RRR...RRR... making the sound gradually louder and prolonged.
January 14, 2016
Angela Galvin
Language Skills
English, Gaelic (Scottish), German, Italian
Learning Language
Gaelic (Scottish), German, Italian