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Old May 27, 2011, 07:29 PM
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I dared..

But I cheated... Spanish is my native language..

Good! But did you say it out loud?
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Good! But did you say it out loud?
Yes, I did.
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Old May 27, 2011, 09:02 PM
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My book says to say David. Roll the D into a Rrrrr like Drrrrr. Kind of helps get my tongue in the right place. Some words are more difficult than others depending on which vowel comes after the rr.
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drrravid? or davidrrrr? there are two "d"s there.

Haha I still can't get it quite right, as I know Torres could tell you (you should hear her gorgeous laugh when I try say barranquilla . Epic fail on my behalf!)

Like, I can roll my rrrrs but it's like I can't roll them fast enough when I put them in a word. To make it sound proper (or as close as I can get) I pretty much have to say the word in slow motion so I can fit all the sounds in.

One thing that's really helped me get my head around the sound was finding songs that have them. For example, Loca by Shakira has the line "Y por ti borró (borró)" and she makes it sound AMAZING!! I get so jealous! I wish I could say borró like she does.
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drrravid? or davidrrrr? there are two "d"s there.
like in the first one

Also try to say "friend" like an Irish would pronounce. Sí? See? C?




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haha yes, I si, see c! gracias!
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One thing that's really helped me get my head around the sound was finding songs that have them. For example, Loca by Shakira has the line "Y por ti borró (borró)" and she makes it sound AMAZING!! I get so jealous! I wish I could say borró like she does.
Well, she's a native Spanish speaker... I bet she doesn't do it better than I do..

There are two different sounds for the "r" in Spanish. One is soft and the other one is strong.

"R" between two vowels: "pared" is soft, and it sounds a lot like a soft "d" in English. Try to pronounce the following words as if instead of an "r" there was a "d" in them:

"pera", "aro", "ira", furia".

That soft "r" sounds also a little bit like the "tt" in "little" or the "r" in "throw".

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The strong "r" - At the beginning and the end of a word: "rápido", "rama". All the verb infinitives: "comer", "ir" "venir".

"r" before a consonant: "arte", "arma"..

Between two vowels it's written "rr": "perro", "carro"...

The sound is not always the same in all countries. In some places in Chile and Argentina they tend to pronounce the strong "r" with a sibilant sound. Also, people who are really native from Bogotá, Colombia and its surroundings, have a very distinctive way of pronouncing the "rr".

As oposed to that, in Puerto Rico and other places in the Caribbean they tend to pronounce it like an "L", especially, when the "r" is located before a consonant: "Puelto"

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I am from Bogotá but we don't have a particular distinctive accent....well...hehe you can actually understand what we say unlike with people from other parts of the country! I don't want to have a go with anyone on this but, I have heard several times that spanish from my city is liked all around the world, it's relatively easy to both pronounce and understand (slang doesn't count) and it sounds pretty.
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I am from Bogotá but we don't have a particular distinctive accent....well...hehe you can actually understand what we say unlike with people from other parts of the country! I don't want to have a go with anyone on this but, I have heard several times that spanish from my city is liked all around the world, it's relatively easy to both pronounce and understand (slang doesn't count) and it sounds pretty.
I never said it was ugly. It's in fact, a very correct Spanish, one of the best. If you're a true "bogotano" I'm sure you don't pronounce "Y" and "Ll" the same. And that's not the only difference with the rest of the country.

The accent they call "santafereño" has a distinctive sound. Bogotá, being a big cosmopolitan city, is inhabited by people from all over the country and even other countries, so that particular accent I'm talking about has been restricted to a few families who consider themselves descendants of the pioneers, the founders of the country.
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