What if you can't roll your R's?
I was wondering if a native spanish speaker might be able to tell me if you can't roll your R's can a native speaker determine the word you are trying to say? And if so how does that sound to a native speaker...do you just view it like an accent issue or does it really sound bad to you. The reason I ask is I have tried very hard and I just am having a lot of trouble with this. I wonder if a native speaker would just take from the context of the conversation the word I am trying to say or if it just sounds really bad. Example pero and perro Thank you so much in advance for any help you may provide in the matter.
If you can't rroll yourr erres you are condemned to public shame and eternal repudiation, and you shouldn't even attempt to speak a noble language like Spanish!
I had a professor in Spain who couldn't roll her r's. She pronounced them in a guttural way, in the back of her throat, French-like. We had no problem understanding her.
Can you picture/try that?
I wrote this up in detail about a week ago. If you do a search on "does it matter if you can't roll your r's" you'll get lots of advice.
Re searching "does it matter" is probably enough.
This question seems to come up all the time and almost everyone gives a different answer. In my experience with speaking spanish almost everyday to native speakers I would say that it doesn't matter that much and of course people can tell by the context of the conversation. If you say something like: tenemos que dar de comer al perro nobody is probably going to think you are saying we have to feed the preposition but. If you speak enough spanish you will probably be able to eventually roll your r's or produce a similar sound. I hear a lot of people roll all of their r's not just rr. Many native speakers have told me that if you can't roll your r's it just sounds like an accent.
I´m a native spanish speaker in Colombia. We pronounce The "r" and the "rr" similar way, but...
The rr pronounced with tongue up in palate, in simple way "r" in two syllable The r in just one syllable lingual
example: carro (car) pronounced car- ro in english caro (expensive) pronounce ca-ro in english perro (dog) pronounce per-ro in english pero (but) pe-ro in english
I hope this help you