A question for all Spanish teachers!!?

Question:a desprately need to know how to roll my Rs,I have been trying so hard and I still cant manage it can you help

Answers:
I am not a Spanish teacher, but I used to teach French and now I teach ESL. I know some Spanish, but I cannot roll my r's either. I too have tried and tried. When I first studied Spanish in college, I used to repeat the word "borrador" over and over, to no avail.

My Hispanic ESL students tell me to put a pencil under my tongue and then say words with double r. That didn't work for me.

As an experienced language teacher, I can tell you that certain foreign sounds are very difficult or even impossible to imitate unless you learn the new language at a young age. For example, have you ever noticed that some people from foreign countries cannot make the "th" sound in English? That's because the "th" sound doesn't exist in many languages.

I don't mean to discourage you, but it's possible that you may never perfect your Spanish r's. Don't beat yourself up about it. Just accept it and continue to learn Spanish. Many native English speakers who also speak Spanish well can't roll their r's either.

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