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La prononciation du « R » français Gargling your way to clearly speaking French.

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2 La prononciation du « R » français Gargling your way to clearly speaking French

3 © 2005 Elise Robillard Two kinds of « R » Hard « R » rolled This is the hardest sound for English speakers to make in French Soft « R » swallowed Once you can make a hard « R », the soft « R » is easy to master

4 © 2005 Elise Robillard Tongue Placement You must learn to place the tongue and vibrate or roll the tongue at the back of the throat, as you would when gargling. This requires concentration, practice, and repetition!

5 © 2005 Elise Robillard Tongue Placement I s o u n d g o o d i n I t a l i a n a n d S p a n i s h, b u t n o t F r e n c h ! Diagrams from

6 Three Quick Drills Gargle! Le gargarisme est essentiel! GGG – GrGrGr – RRR Bach Barre

7 © 2005 Elise Robillard Le gargarisme Gather saliva at the back of your throat Look up to the ceiling and gargle As you do this, you are employing the same muscles and parts of your speech mechanism that you need to pronounce the French « R » Move your head down so you are looking forward while gently converting the gargle into a deeply rolled « R » sound

8 © 2005 Elise Robillard La démonstration du gargarisme Graphics/gargle.gif

9 © 2005 Elise Robillard GGG – GrGrGr – RRR Make repeated hard G sounds Then, convert the hard G sound into a repetition of the Gr growling sound, paying careful attention to the rolling of the R Note: Making the hard G sound before the rolled R makes it easier to roll the R because the hard G gets your tongue in position to clearly pronounce a French hard R Finally, drop the hard G sound so that the only sound you are making is the French hard R Do this repeatedly until you can form the French hard R with ease.

10 © 2005 Elise Robillard La démonstration du GG-GrGr-RR alpha_G.jpg

11 © 2005 Elise Robillard Bach Barre English speakers can easily learn the correct German pronunciation of the name BACH This exercise transitions from BACH to BARRE, well-known to ballet dancers! The German rolled hard H in BACH is very close to the French rolled hard R Practice this drill repeatedly, avoiding allowing too much air to blow through the French R

12 © 2005 Elise Robillard La démonstration du Bach Barre vlsi.colorado.edu/ ~fabio/Bach.jpeg images/barre.JPG

13 © 2005 Elise Robillard Word Drills with « R » Ra Ré Ri Ro Ru Rare Rire Ruhr Radar Raton Rivière Ruelle Rognon Revenir Rime Rôle Crayon Gris Trop Prix Brie Cru Grue Fruit


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