- For Teachers
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 ?
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.
***** NOT A TEACHER *****
(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
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.