Tag: Trill

Brief: Teaching a Spanish R

By Pam Marshalla

Q: Do you have any tips on how to help a student produce the Spanish R trill? Two methods I have used- Start with a lingua-labial raspberry and then have the client pull the tongue in. Say the word “butter” with a clear D– “Budder”.  Say it while making the tongue-tip linger on the palate longer. There also are YouTube videos about how to do this 🙂


By Pam Marshalla

Q: I have tried “everything” to teach R to this one client and he has gotten nowhere. Then one day he learns a Spanish trilled /r/, and WHAM! He gets an American R right away. Can you explain this? Van Riper wrote about this as one method for teaching the retroflex R:  “Have the child imitate you as you trill the tongue-tip. Then use this trill to precede the vowel E”  (Van Riper, Speech Correction, 1947, p. 142). Think of…

Teaching the Spanish R

By Pam Marshalla

Q: Do you know how to teach the Spanish R? I believe there are YouTube videos of Spanish-speaking people teaching this sound. I would search around there for ideas. I have had to teach a trilled R to only a few people in my career. Here are two different approaches that have worked for me–– Bilabial Raspberry Have the client produce a bilabial raspberry. Then have him produce a raspberry with the front of the tongue pressing firmly up against…