The way a lot of people pronounce their R needs to be made clear! People need to differentiate between the British and the American pronunciation. Look, if you do all the American accent but with “r” you go British, it simply sounds awkward!
Let’s understand what the difference is.
The British R doesn’t make your tongue roll. It’s like you are saying “uh”. For example, “car” will sound like “cah”, “guitar” will sound like “guitah”, “popular” will sound like “populah” and so on.
But in the American accent, you gotta roll your tongue towards the back of your mouth (without touching the roof of your mouth) and the sound should roll. Try saying “creature”. Most people get the “r” sound right there. You will notice how your tongue goes backward in this case. Try that with the following:
Make sure you roll your “r” so there is a connection with the previous and the next syllable like:
TUR+ RUE (true)
and also you wanna have an imaginary connection with the ending sounds to roll that R:
NOW LET’S TALK ABOUT L.
The reason you hear a difference in L between native and non-native speakers is because native speakers connect their tip of the tongue with the back of their top two teeth, and they connect it for about half a second longer than non-native speakers. Try it now and try to feel your tongue making that prolonged contact:
You see the difference? It is huge!
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