Episode 2 – Sound like a native – The R sound

Welcome to the second episode of French Blabla podcast where we will cover tips to increase your fluency while boosting your way of learning. In today’s episode, we will talk about the most difficult sound of the French language, that is to say our R sound. Feared by many of you, after this episode, you will know all there is to know about it and you will have the tools to face this sound!

In this Episode

  • Reasons you can’t pronounce R in every word
  • A step by step guide to pronounce the R sound
  • How to create your personalized drills

Share your story in comments below

We’ve all been struggling with pronunciation and it can be so frustrating not to be able to sound the way we want. Try to do the exercises and tell me if it helped. Which position of the R is the most difficult to you? I would love to hear about it.

Music by bensound.com

5 thoughts on “Episode 2 – Sound like a native – The R sound

  1. Paul says:

    That is so useful. I’ve been learning French intermittently for 50 years, but only two years ago did anyone tell me to keep my tongue lower when pronouncing the r. No one ever told me that the stress should be on the last syllable, although I guess that I kind of figured it out. I just used to get shouted at (by a horrible French man) at school, when I mispronounced words.

  2. Caro says:

    Bienvenue sur le blog Paul. I can’t believe that no one told you about these things in almost 50 years. You must have been traumatized by this French man! What kind of teaching method is that! Hat’s off to you for keeping studying despite all these obstacles. If I can help you with a topic or some trouble you have with French, don’t hesitate to ask me 🙂

  3. Caroline Champion says:

    Thanks. I had worked out for myself that I needed to start with an English H and that r immediately after a consonant was the most difficult. I wish I had found this a few years ago. 🙂

    • Caro says:

      Thanks a lot Caroline, I’m happy you liked the episode. The French R is not easy to make when somebody doesn’t have this sound in his language so I tried to create a progressive guide.

  4. Gi says:

    Thank you so much for this podcast. I’ve been struggling with the French R for such a long time. I’m fluent in Spanish and English and the r sound is pronounced so high in the mouth, I cannot bring myself to “garggle” a French r. I’ll listen to this and practice again and again! I want to do well at my oral exam, I don’t want any points deducted because of my pronunciation. Thank you again, prof!

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.