petrichor. (neoreulwonhae) wrote in linguaphiles,

pronunciation help.

I was wondering about this and I figured this would be the community to ask.

I'm working on my Spanish pronunciation and let's just say it needs a little help. So far I think I've mastered the soft D, the R, the rolled R, and more or less, the V/B. What I need help with is the J and the TR, as in tres and dentro.

When I learned the soft D it was a breakthrough because someone actually explained to me how to make the sound, instead of just telling me that it was soft. The English D is against the gum ridge, while the Spanish D is more against the back of the front teeth. So I was hoping someone here could explain to me how to say the J and TR in the same manner as the soft D was explained to me.

I've been told that with the J you narrow your throat and "it's kind of like you're going to hack up a hairball but not quite". I get the gist, but I still can't seem to replicate the sound without going too far and doing like a Hebrew phlegm thing. I need to find the middle ground between an open English H sound and a heavy phlegmy sound. Sometimes I play around with my cat and hiss at her with a narrow throat, I'm wondering if it's kinda like that...

But I'm having the most trouble with TR. Or DR, or basically any consonant that comes in front of an R. In English the TR is different, like in 'tree'; it's "chree". But in Spanish the T and R are more separate, I suppose, and I still haven't found a good explanation on how to make the sound. I've listened to native speakers and tried to copy them but it's hard.

Really I just need a good explanation on how to make the sound, and after that it'll just take practice. But I want to get past these pronunciation barriers so I can move forward with the language and feel more comfortable speaking it.

So if anyone could help me that'd be great. Thanks! :)

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