Alright, folks. I promised a rolling R video, and here it is! But let’s learn a bit first.
The whole reason I wanted to learn this skill is that when I met with that student who spoke Afrikaans, he kept correcting my pronunciation! Turns out the pronunciation was wrong because I can’t roll my ‘r’s.
After many failed attempts I turned to the internet for help.
I remember a long time ago I heard a myth that English speakers are genetically unable to ‘trill’ or ‘roll’ their R’s.
FALSE. Apparently, anyone can trill their R’s! But there’s a catch… most native English speakers find it incredibly difficult. Why?
If you’re English speaking, rolling your ‘r’ is basically unmarked territory for your mouth. We don’t roll any r’s in English, so our tongues have never had to practice that movement. Saying the letter ‘r’ in English is not the same as trilling an R. For example, say the letter ‘r’ out loud.
Okay, do it again, but notice how your tongue is positioned. Your tongue is curved back and doesn’t touch the roof of your mouth.
NOW, onto trilling. Feel for the ridge just behind your teeth.
When you are trilling your ‘r’, your tongue will be vibrating on top of that ridge. This vibration is caused by air flow out of your mouth while your holding your tongue on that ridge. (If you want to learn more read this article! It is so interesting!)
So after I learn this and watch a few videos of this being explained I was like:
So to calm the stress in me I watched a few videos of people teaching how to trill. I watched two videos that helped me get on track for trilling my ‘r’. The first video was a woman teaching how to roll an ‘r’, and it was very helpful! It was a good starter for me to understand what this trilling might be like.
Also, I attempted using Movie Maker and it was not working out for me in the slightest- so I used Premiere again. If anyone has any awesome video editors, please let me know!
Aaaaaaaaand I have officially embarrassed myself. I hope you all enjoyed!