The Japanese "R" Sound! Please help!?

Every time I try to pronounce the Japanese "R" sound, it sounds like the spanish r! Can someone tell me how I am supposed to prounce it?

6 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    It's further back in the mouth than the Spanish 'r'. Probably closer the the German 'r'.

    Having said that, the Japanese 'r' is not really an 'r' at all. It is closer to 'L'. So if you were to say 'L' when you need to say a Japanese 'r' you would be on the right track.

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    Source(s): JLPT2
  • 1 decade ago

    Essentially, it is like the Spanish r, only never trilled. Single flap.

    Yes, it's also like L, but the difference between R and L is the time the tongue spends on the palatal ridge. Japanese will usually pronounce R, but if you ask them to slow down and pronounce clearly, they will usually say L.

  • 1 decade ago

    Japanese 'r' is a retroflex tap or flap 'r' which sounds like the British English pronunciation of 'r' as in veddy good (very good). American English has an alveolar 'r' which sounds a little different.

  • 1 decade ago

    Try saying the "dd" in "ladder", or the "tt" in "chatter". You'll notice it's not quite a "d" or "t" sound in either case, but the tongue flicks against the roof of the mouth behind the teeth. This is the sound you're looking for.

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  • Azamee
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    I don't know what the Spanish r sounds like, but when you say it, it should sound somewhat like a cross between a "d" and an "r".

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    1 decade ago

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