Pot of Tea...or Ladder
When I first started learning Spanish, I informed my instructor that I wasn't sure I'd be able to "do this", because I couldn't roll my tongue. She advised me to stick with it, that she was sure I'd be glad I did. Then, she gave me the following to help me overcome my concern (okay, what I really mean is 'fear').
In order to help, she said to practice saying (one or both of) the following several times fast:
Pot of Tea
Oh my goodness...it really worked!
I still cannot roll my tongue 'at will', but because of that simple exercise, I can now roll my tongue for Spanish pronunciation!
Am I the only one who can only roll my tongue en español?
Or, is there anything you're having difficulty with that may be holding you back from progressing in the Spanish language?
I can only roll it when speaking Spanish, and it took me months of practicing the word 'tres' and 'traer' over and over and over and over, literally for months.
I like the pot of tea thing though rolling my r's has never been a problem, I think it's my French background.
Well, I can roll my tongue just fine, but, being British, I'll gladly still join you with a pot of tea
Not the ladder though - I don't like heights.
It still takes conscious effort on my part. My natural tendency is for the r-trills to be at the back of the tongue (or in my throat). But hey, I have no problem at all with the German "ch" sound!
Not too much of a problem. When I was young a zillion years ago, as a kid we play "war" and our choice of weapon was a machine gun. To quickly make the sound of a rapid fire machine gun by mouth, it replicates the rolling "R" in Spanish.
My problem as told by my Spanish speaking friends is sometimes I roll the R when NOT appropriate and sometimes i don't roll the R when it should. In other words I must think if I should roll the R on some words which distracts the flow of my sentence.
I can say things like pelirrojo and roto pretty well I think but I can't say things like carro or perro properly at all, I am sure. I practice loads too :( I'm not sure what my problem is!