Advanced Pronunciation of French R


If you’re new to the Spell and Sound French Audio Lounge, Welcome.

You will have access to our authentic French audio files and an opportunity to record and playback your own attempts so you can really fine tune your French pronunciation.

In this section of the Audio Lounge, we’ll be looking at making the R sound when it’s surrounded by different vowels and consonants.

As beginners, we revel in the glory of pronouncing our first real French R sound but often find it difficult to say within certain words. So, we thought we’d share some of our Advanced R tips.

As always you can access our audio files by using the media player provided or click the underlined words, letters or symbols.

Follow the simple instructions on the recorder and stop when your ready. Hear your recording using the “listen” button and record another by clicking the “retry” button. Save sounds before you hit “retry”. We have some tips to enable the recorder if your having trouble making a recording.

a symbolThese first few examples are easy, if you’ve already mastered the basics of the French R sound.


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rêve

sucre

treize

By saying the R sound by itself, you should be able to incorporate it into the words above quite easily. Remember to record your attempts and play them back to see if they sound like those of our French consultant.

b symbolThe following examples will be harder because your mouth must assume a different shape as you make the R sound.

TIP: Make the vowel sound that is next to the letter r before you say the word. Think about the position of your lips – keep that position as you make the r sound. R is made at the back of the throat so it doesn’t matter what position your lips are in!


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trop

pareil

grand arbre

Great! Your nearly there…

c symbolMaster this one and gain the respect of French natives.

rouge

TIP: Make the “ou” vowel sound before you say the word. Think about the position of your lips, they should be round and pushed forward as though you are saying an exaggerated “oo” as in fool. Keep that position as you make the r sound. R is made at the back of the throat so it doesn’t matter what position your lips are in! Don’t forget the soft G on the end.

Well Done! You’ve finished the Advanced R section of our Audio Lounge.

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