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    Question Pronouncing "R"- tongue touches back molar

    Pronouncing "R" is always an important subject for Japanese.
    I found new info related this, saying:
    When pronounce"R", the base of the tongue should touch the both of upper back molar.

    Is this right for English speaking people ?

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    Default Re: Pronouncing "R"- tongue touches back molar

    Quote Originally Posted by Chiyokz View Post
    Pronouncing "R" is always an important subject for Japanese.
    I found new info related this, saying:
    When pronounce"R", the base of the tongue should touch the both of upper back molar.

    Is this right for English speaking people ?
    I've never heard it put like this, but there's an element of truth in it. For Japanese people who fail to distinguish between /l/ and /r/, I'd say the most important thing to remember about upper back molars (if anything - I can't imagine this advice being of any practical use, but still...) is that if the base of the tongue touches the upper back molars when you make a consonant sound, it's NOT /l/

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    Default Re: Pronouncing "R"- tongue touches back molar

    Don't forget that /r/ is pronounced differently in different dialects and in different words within a single dialect. "There are more phonetic variants of the /r/ phoneme than of any other English consonant." Cruttenden Alan (2001) Gimson's Pronunciation of English, London: Arnold.

    It's dangerous to generalise.

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    Default Re: Pronouncing "R"- tongue touches back molar

    Quote Originally Posted by Chiyokz View Post
    Pronouncing "R" is always an important subject for Japanese.
    I found new info related this, saying:
    When pronounce"R", the base of the tongue should touch the both of upper back molar.

    Is this right for English speaking people ?

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****
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    Chiyokz,

    (1) I am not clear as to whether members are allowed to

    recommend books. IF I am allowed to do so, I wish to recommend

    a book called Realistically Speaking by Ms. Planaria Price. If you google

    the book's title, you will find information about the book and how to

    obtain it. I personally know her, and I can attest to the fact that she

    is a super teacher of pronunciation. Even if you cannot attend her

    classes in Los Angeles, her book has very clear instructions. I cannot

    tell you what it she says about pronouncing r because I do not have a

    copy of the book. I can tell you one piece of advice that she tells

    her students: OPEN YOUR MOUTH WIDE. She points out that learners

    often forget that English -- unlike many other languages -- requires a

    wide mouth.

    GOOD LUCK

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    Thumbs up Re: Pronouncing "R"- tongue touches back molar

    Thank you for all replies and info. I have investigated and practiced pronouncing R and L, and to some extent I have confidence with R. But because this idea was new, I wanted to confirm. From the suggestion, I might as well not stick to this idea.
    Thanks to info on Realistically Speaking by Ms. Planaria Price. I will try the book.
    Thank you again.

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