The rolled "r" in Italian

Peter--252

Hi, I've recently started the Rocket Italian course, and the one sound I find difficult (like many English speakers I believe) is the pronunciation of the letter "r"; I believe it should be rolled with the tip of the tongue.

Has anyone had the same problem, and are there any practice tips for the newbie?
(Hope I've chosen the correct category for this query!)

Pete
 

Lucia - Rocket Languages Tutor

Hi Peter,

One trick is to pronounce words like "butter" or "ladder" very fast. Keep at it ("butter butter butter butter butter...") and at some point you'll hear this faint "d" sound which is fairly close to the Italian R sound.

Maybe try practicing with these: faro (lighthouse), baro (swindler), caro (expensive).

Hope this helps!

Lucia

Peter--252

Thanks Lucia!
I'll give that a try.

Peter

MichaelK48

As an fairly accomplished trombonist, I can tell you that the rolled r is the exactly the same technique those who play wind instruments refer to as flutter tonguing.  It can only be produced and sustained while air is steadily flowing out across the tongue.  So take a deep breath, put the tip of your tongue near (just barely touching) the roof of your mouth, part your lips just slightly, and gently push air over your tongue and out your mouth.  now practice, practice, practice :-)
ciao,
Michael
 

Peter--252

Thanks both.

I am finding it is easier (for me anyway) to almost get the sound right after certain consonants, particularly 't'; e.g, I usually get the 'r' in "tre" close to the way Maria says it.
If a word contains more than one 'r' it's a bit more difficult for me to get the second one right.

I'll keep practicing!

Peter

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