Doen jy praat Afrikaans?

lonewolf678's picture

Ek praat Afrikaans. Barely, but this self teaching of the language is working out pretty good. I can recognize simple sentences and work them into English. The only problem I have with this language and this is very embarrassing for me to admit. But I can't roll my r's. Pretty pathetic for a guy who practically knows Spanish by default.

Anyway, what do you people of Oasis suggest for this problem? I've tried many things to roll the r's but I just can't do it. Please help me with this issue.


MacAvity's picture


The best way is to sit out in public somewhere with a friend and make ridiculous bleleleleleleleleleleleleleh tounguewagging and laugh at each other. Then try talking. And say a long piratey Arrrrrrrrrrrrr! with your tongue curled backward.

It should work, but even if it doesn't it's fun.

Uncertain's picture

Not an expert

Same r as the german r?

Pretend you are gargling water then blow air through

That's how I mentally visualise it

elph's picture

This approach would...

...more likely lead to producing a glottal constriction such as is required when producing the voiceless h-like sound of Arabic (ح) or "'aiyn," its voiced equivalent (ع). The voiceless sound (ح) is probably the most difficult for English speakers to distinguish from the ordinary "h" which also exists in Arabic (ه); there's nothing in English (or other European languages?) that approaches the sound of 'aiyn.

The Arabic name "Ali" (علي) is known to all... but most fail to hear the initial consonant ('aiyn). Rendered in English, all attempt is abandoned... so "A" is substituted!

elph's picture

Try this...

Try opening your mouth just a bit... tongue initially lying flat and very relaxed... exhale a strong breath over your tongue and out your partially open mouth... allow the air turbulence to agitate/vibrate the relaxed tip of your tongue.

This should provide you with the sensory information on what your tongue tip should be doing. Keep experimenting with decreasing exhaled breath... and you'll soon learn how to allow the tongue tip to gently vibrate against your alveolar ridge.

The rolled "r" varies slightly from language to language... the main differences lie in the precise region of your upper mouth the tongue tip approaches/taps.