can't properly pronounce 'R'

Malaysia
August 16, 2010 1:11am CST
someone from the family cannot pronounce 'R' properly..it hard to pronounce 'R', he said...it make him unfriendly to people..so shy to speak just because of that..so many times he asked my opinion how to pronounce 'R' properly because he don't want anymore like that..i don't know..i just let him pronounce 'R' again, again and again..he want to do a lots of things..pity of him..he want to follow public speaking, singing contest and so many more..he actually so friendly but so bad, he so shy with his 'R'..how he can improve his 'R' pronunciation?
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10 responses
• United States
17 Aug 10
All I can suggest is that he gets a small tape recorder and he should practice his R's. That way he isn't speaking to anyone.
@thekelz (277)
• United Kingdom
16 Aug 10
I too have trouble pronouncing my 'R's 'L's and 'W'. This as effected my confidence when speaking to people and joining in conversations in large groups. Part of the problem for m is that I try to speak too quickly and rush my words out. I find when I control myself and think about what i'm saying and speak slowly the problem is a lot better. My uncle taught me a ryhmn when I was young and I found that it helps me. Across the Rugged Rocks, The Ragged Rascal Ran. He used to give me 50pence if I could say it well when he visited, I hope this helps .
• United States
16 Aug 10
I CANNOT for the life of me say the word 'roar' its the worst effort ever. I can never pronounce it and it justs creates a world of laughter. Saddest thing ever.
@jaiho2009 (39001)
• Philippines
16 Aug 10
It can be corrected as long as he doesn't have any speaking defect. Some people really had hard with pronunciation with letters S,R and L. I am currently into training with English proficiency and one in our class is having difficulty with letter "s",but with constant practice and proper way of pronunciation ,by directing with proper tongue position after a week,she was able to say the letter "s" correctly. So,i guess your cousin doesn't just know the right tongue position to pronounce the letter "r" correctly. Just constant practice and perseverance,also he needs to see himself infront of the mirror in order to see the right tongue position ,mouth open and the vibration when pronouncing the letter "r". Have a good weekdays and happy mylotting
@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
16 Aug 10
There are some good suggestions here Mademoiselle. My son also had problems and he had a speech therapist and I remember that one time she had him practice saying "Earls World" over and over again. I think if this relative practices words with help from people who can pronounced it correctly, he will get it..
@rosdimy (3936)
• Malaysia
16 Aug 10
When I was a teacher I used one simple method. I asked the student with this problem to roar like a lion. He was able to pronounce the letter 'R' well after doing the growling exercises several times. It took less than five minutes. It is not a guarantee that it will work with every person with the same person. Nevertheless this method works better than simply asking the person to repeatedly pronouncing the letter because there is no pressure on the person to do it right. Guide him into growling or roaring like a tiger.
@thanks1961 (7046)
• India
16 Aug 10
Hi dear, Where is his origin? If possible, you can send the person to my country. I my language there are total 56+12 vowels and consonants. Many people would say that mine is the toughest language in the world. We can pronounce the letter 'R' with 12-15 levels of pronunciation patterns. So it can be done. Ask home to listen to some of the audio with the same pronunciation also use the repeated use of same letter with more words. Also, be alone and ask him to practice. Surely he will improve. Ask him not to be shame of it and all are different in nature. Some will take some little extra time, but of course, will improve. Nothing to worry, ask him to different levels of trials and some classical way of learning also will help him a lot. Regards, Thank-s
• United States
16 Aug 10
I hate to say this, but this is what my friends and I call it "Elmer Fudd Syndrome". It is where you cannot pronounce the letter "R". Elmer Fudd in "The Looney Toons" could not say "R". He would say "Wabbit" instead of "Rabbit". "S" is also a common letter that people cannot pronounce, also know as a "lisp". I used to have a problem with this at times, but I would just work on it until I got it right. Have the person try saying "rah" a few times. Try having that person listen to languages and shows where "R" is commonly used.
@knicnax (2234)
• Philippines
16 Aug 10
say 'r' then let him say 'r'. Just alternate the process until he gets it. It'll take a long time before he can correct it, It may also be that he won't get it right, ever. I have a problem with R ever since I was a kid, it slightly got corrected. My r used to sound like a k when it has to be a hard r (like in Filipino, spanish, french). lie a w when it's in english. With constant speaking, I was able to correct my w sounding r, but my k sounding r, not much.
@laniekins (4585)
• Philippines
16 Aug 10
He can improve his "R" pronunciation if he will pronounce it repeatedly. We have local celebrity who can't speak "R" too. There are people who's getting confused on pronouncing "P" and "F", instead of "F" they will pronounce it "P" and vise versa. What I do is I correct and I let him say it over again so that he will learn.