Lose your accent! Rolling your “r” (Spanish, Italian, Russian)

Focus and you can make your tongue do whatever you want
Focus and you can make your tongue do whatever you want

Learn how to roll you “r” in Spanish, Italian, and Russian! Did you know that if you speak American English, you’re already half-way there? In this video I explain how to position your tongue and control your breath to make this sound correctly. These are the methods that I used to teach myself how to make this sound back in the day.

Many people get overwhelmed with the idea of sounding like a native in studying a foreign language. Speaking with an accent seems like a normal state. However, with a few tips on being aware of how our mouth makes sounds, a little concentration can produce great results. I made this video series to show you how to increase your awareness of all the parts of your speaking apparatus.

You can sound like a native in any language. Even though speaking with a foreign accent seems like a normal state, you can learn how to make the sounds that sound easy in the mouths of natives. This video series increases your awareness of all the parts of your mouth you use for speaking. A language never felt so good!

Speaking a language feels wonderful as you work to move your mouth like a native.

Dr. Thomas Coates blew my mind. He taught me how my tongue, lips, jaw, and teeth create language. Like a Chinese calligrapher learns how each finger holds a brush, like a yogi breathes with specific depth and stretch of her diaphragm, I took the first steps towards mastering language: losing my accent.

Enjoy!

Photo credit: Abu via Foter.com / CC BY-NC-SA

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2 thoughts on “Lose your accent! Rolling your “r” (Spanish, Italian, Russian)

  1. Oh… I can pronounce the rolled R in isolation. I can even pronounce it in an individual word. It’s just that as soon as I have to say it in the middle of a sentence, I can’t. I think if I’m reading, I’m slower and concentrating, I can do it, but if I’m just speaking, I don’t know why but I can’t. At least Spanish is the only language I know that has this sound, and I’ve barely spoken it since I got back from Spain.

    I like how you taught the sound, but it’s completely useless for me… I pronounce “butter” as /bʌtə/ (sometimes /bʌʔə/).

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