Spanish pronunciation 

 Letter R 

Let me show you a couple of tricks that we’ll help you pronounce the letter R in Spanish.

As you may already know, in Spanish the letter R has a soft and a strong sound.

 

The importance of distinction

Perro = dog (Strong R sound)

Pero = but (Soft R sound)

Some Spanish words, like the pair above, change their meaning and pronuntiation depending on whether we use one R or two.

 

The soft R sound

It sounds like the double T in the American English word better.

 

The strong R sound

To practice the strong R sound, split the word PERRO into PER – RO. Now pronounce them separately as if the R were soft. If you say PER - RO quickly, eventually you’ll end up rolling the R and you’ll get the strong R sound.

Here you have a few words with soft and strong R sound for you to listen and practice.

 Soft Spanish R 

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PERO

BARATO

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CARA

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PERA

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LIBRO

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TREN

 Hard Spanish R 

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PERRO

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GORRO

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ROJO

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MARRÓN

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ROPA

The more you practice, the better you'll get. I don’t want you, though, to be too self-conscious of your Spanish pronunciation. Most of the time, context helps the person you’re talking to figure out what you’re trying to say. 

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