BREAKING NEWS: Everyone can roll their R’s!
My name is Charlie Palsho and I'm a junior at Dartmouth College researching language learning techniques. I studied Spanish for three years in middle school, four in high school, and another year in college, and I still couldn’t roll my Rs. When I recently began studying Spanish with Beepboop, I kept getting “Beepboop’d” by the drill instructors every time a dreaded RR came my way. I decided enough is enough. I took to YouTube and embarked on a personal mission to figure out how to roll my Rs once and for all.
I am happy to report that after days of practicing and training with tons of videos, I can roll my Rs now! These are the five best videos I found on YouTube. If these videos could teach me, they can teach you too!
#1 The Classic
Up first, we have a video that’s been posted for ten years. This method is tried and true. You can’t go wrong with the classics.
#2 The Professor
Second, “The Linguisticator” teaches you how to roll your Rs. He provides in-depth-scientific explanations and useful graphics to help visualize how your tongue makes the rolled R sound.
#3 Elvis Presley
A voice coach teaches you how to roll your Rs. This is an interesting perspective to hear, and similarly to #2, this is a detailed video about how your mouth produces the trilled R sound.
#4 Unorthodox Methods
This guy is funny and informative. He explains unorthodox methods to help you to produce those elusive trilled Rs.
#5 Slow and Steady
Last but not least, this underappreciated video guides you through a set of pronunciation exercises to build up to rolling your Rs. I found this one to be especially helpful if you are persistent with the pronunciation progression.