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
Hard Spanish R
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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