dontsaynothin. (upupabove) wrote in linguaphiles,
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Rolling R's

Hi,

I don't know if this has been posted here before, but ... I really, really want roll my R's and I am having a really hard time with it. It is INCREDIBLY frustrating because most of the languages I want to learn have some degree of a thrilled R. And the main language I'm studying - Italian- has a particularly hard one. I have read all kinds of stuff online for tips on rolling your R's and annoyed the crap out of my friends trying to get them to help me, and here I am three years later still sounding incredibly American whenever I encounter any R. I know I'm not incapable of making the sound, because once, a couple months ago, when I was just messing around and pretending to try and roll my R I did for like two seconds. Don't know how, but I couldn't recapture it. I would love to someday be able to do the intense thrilled R's in Italian, but right now I'd be happy if I could even just roll it partially. So, does anyone know of any good tips for people who can't learn to roll their R's easily (I know some people who did it the first time they tried, and they had never attempted before in their life)?
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