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pronounce the French R

Pronounce The French RIf you’re new to learning French then you’ll find that mastering the pronunciation can be quite challenging. Of all the sounds in the French language one of the hardest to pronounce correctly is the “R” sound.

This is because the part of the tongue and throat that are used to make the sound are very different from English. To make the R sound in French you need to use the back part of your tongue right above your Adam’s apple.

Then, you need to vibrate it towards the back of the soft palate of your mouth. In the video below this online teacher does an excellent job teaching the French R. Watch the video now then try it on your own!

Video source: Languages Direct

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David Issokson

David Issokson is a lifelong language enthusiast. His head is swimming with words and sounds as he speaks over six languages. Of all the languages he speaks, he's the most passionate about French! David has helped hundreds of students to improve their French in his private online lessons. When procrastinating working on his site,, David enjoys his time skiing and hiking in Teton Valley, Idaho.

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