French pronunciation: The letter ‘R’


How to pronounce the French ‘R’

A number of French words that beginners face quite a lot such as ‘Thank you’ (MERCI), ‘Wednesday’ (MERCREDI), and ‘Restaurant (RESTAURANT), are difficult for English speakers to pronounce!

Listen to very young French children & you may occasionally hear them exaggerate the ‘r’ sound in words like ‘meRci’ or ‘meRcredi‘ for fun!  It is a good idea to try that, in private if you prefer …

However, here is happy news!
After gargling (?!) and trying to get that ‘r’ sound to vibrate in your throat, here is a HOT TIP:   It is better hardly to pronounce the ‘r’ at all than to over-exaggerate the sound if you are having trouble with it! 
Seriously, gliding over those horrible ‘r’s rather than struggling with them can work very well.

 

Here’s some oral practice to join in with if you are on a computer:

Merci:

Here is the Music Player. You need to installl flash player to show this cool thing!

Mercredi:

Here is the Music Player. You need to installl flash player to show this cool thing!

Restaurant:

Here is the Music Player. You need to installl flash player to show this cool thing!

 French for Children

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