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Presentation and Practice: r, rr Sounds
 

About these sounds

The r sound is produced with a single tap of the tip of the tongue against the hard palate. It sounds much like the t in water (American English). It occurs between vowels, before any consonant and after any consonant except n, l and s.

The rr sound is produced with multiple, rapid taps of the tip of the tongue against the hard palate. It is variously spell r and rr (see chart below).

 
 
  Context and Spelling of rr Sound  
  Context Spelling Examples  
  beginning of a word r Ricardo; raqueta  
  after n, l and s r Enrique; alrededor  
  other rr pizarra; aburrido; guitarra  
 
  Práctica
Click the►symbol. Following along with the script below, repeat after the speaker, noting the pronunciation of the b, d, and g sounds.
 
     
     
             
  r pero ahora horario    
    parte detrás profesor    
    escribir libro árbol    
    fresco color gracias    
    Carlos quiere escribir un artículo sobre la literatura.    
    Marta traerá las cartas al parque.    
             
  rr raqueta río repita    
    perro sierra residencia    
    Enrique al río Israel    
    Rosa rompió la guitarra roja.    
    ¡Enrique! ¡Repite, y no te rías!    
             
  r/rr Rafael compró un carro caro.    
    Yo me río cuando Carlitos grita, pero al perro no le gusta.    

 

 
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