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Old October 21, 2008, 08:47 AM
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I knew you were, so I edited it the fastest I could.

Yep, but in this case I thought it would be hard to hear if a speaker use a dental- or alveolar sound.
Yeah, you've got to be quick!

Quite right. Hearing how something is pronounced doesn't necessarily teach you how it is pronounced. I'm only suggesting that you mimic, as best you can, what you're hearing from a native speaker. The very best way to learn how something is pronounced is to ask for help, as you have done.

You figured out on your own that the book wasn't teaching you the correct method. That's because you're listening to the result.
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Yes, true. At the moment I'm using two ("La gramática" and "Ny Spansk Grammatik"; both in Danish) and I'm planning to buy one in English. Any suggestions? I'm not looking for a book which teaches me Spanish, but simply one I can use for looking up grammar - a real grammar book.
Look by author. I like everything Christopher Kendris has written (French and Spanish grammar books, mainly).
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I'm only suggesting that you mimic, as best you can, what you're hearing from a native speaker.
Yes, I'm sure you're right. I will try getting my hands on some Spanish movies as soon as I can.

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Look by author. I like everything Christopher Kendris has written (French and Spanish grammar books, mainly).
Gracias, Tomisimo. Pienso tomaré prestado uno de los libros desde biblioteca local antes de comprando.
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I'm bad at sounding the "rr" sound
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If you roll it correctly it sounds pretty good. Certain places roll their r's more than others. It is important to learn to roll your r's at least slightly so that people can distinguish between words like pero and perro.
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If you can't pronounce the RR sound yet, using an American English /sh/ sound is preferable and easier understood than using an American "R".

As a side note, say "shhhhhhhhh". That's exactly where your tongue should be to roll the r in Spanish. Now the only thing left is to get your tongue to flap/tap the top of your mouth right at that position (the alveolar ridge) when you say it.
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I was born this way. I'm bad at saying "l"s making them sound like "n"s and also "w"s like "r"s or vice versa. I have pronounciation problems. When I was younger I was brought to a teacher and she said she needs to help me with my sounds. But it was only 1 class and it didn't continue.
Also, in elementary school, this happened. They wanted me to practice with my sounds :P
I tried it but I still didn't get it :P
I TRY to roll it and it sounds weird :P but I'm sure people can figure out if I'm saying pero or perro.

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Put the tip of your tongue at the inner limit between teeth and alveolar ridge, hold the tip gently there and exhale air as if you were imitating the sound of a motorbike. Let the sides of your tongue flap. Do not use the throat at all.

Difficult for some people, but not impossible. Japanese language has the sound, Russian too.

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