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([personal profile] m_cobweb Dec. 19th, 2003 08:50 am)
No one will care about this but me, but I'm going to make note of it anyway. (It also serves well to illustrate the effects of ADD meds on sleep-deprived brains.)

This morning I learned to roll my r's the right way. I've been able to roll them far back in the my throat since I was a kid, and once I figured out the trick to bringing them forward in my mouth, but until today that secret was lost. I was playing around with the lyrics to one of Sunday's choir songs and suddenly got it. I hope I can remember the trick now.

Too bad I'm no longer using my Spanish much, with the exception of occasional choir pieces. Better late than never, I suppose. (And it's very personally satisfying to have figured this out anyway.)

The old way of rolling my r's is the same technique I use to purr. I can purr on the inhale and the exhale, which, according to my cat mailing list, is uncommon. Of course I still run out of air quickly, not being a real cat, and we don't really know how they purr anyway. Still, it's a fun thing to be able to do with cats, and it seems to be good enough for them.

From: [identity profile] vulture23.livejournal.com

What are you, some kind of freak??? ;P

All my attempts to roll an R in the back of my throat end up just sounding like I'm choking.

From: [identity profile] ladylygeia.livejournal.com

Would that be more like a German "r". My sister would roll her r's back there, too, while trying to get the Spanish "r". Congrats, Mila!

From: [identity profile] m-cobweb.livejournal.com

Can you roll an r forwards? Or are the kitties doomed to be unpurred to by you?

From: [identity profile] vulture23.livejournal.com

What, you haven't heard me purring at them yet? You just don't pay enough attention to me.... waaaah... ::hand.staple.forehead::

From: [identity profile] m-cobweb.livejournal.com

Well, if you're not purring in the back of your throat, what are you doing? Rolling the r in the front? Or vibrating a blood vessel in your chest?--which is one theory about how cats purr.

Which would definitely make you the freak (not me). ;-)

From: [identity profile] vulture23.livejournal.com

Actually, I'm just using my squeedlysnootch. Hmph. Humans and their inferior organs.

Of course I'm rolling the r in the the front. Hmph. ;)

From: [identity profile] janeoftrades.livejournal.com

I can do the back of the throat rolling "r" but front of the mouth is beyond me.... and here I took both Spanish and Dutch, both of which have front of the mouth rolled "r"s. Grrr!

*so jealous!*


From: [identity profile] m-cobweb.livejournal.com

Here's what I did:

You know when you make a "r" hard, more like a "d" with the front of your tongue? Start with your back-of-the-throat roll and end with the hard r. The first r will roll forward into the end sound, and voila! There it is.


From: [identity profile] hal-obrien.livejournal.com

Nope. Sorry. Now I've just got the image of you purring stuck in my head, and coming up with various reasons for why.

Thanks a lot. :P


From: [identity profile] m-cobweb.livejournal.com

Yes, you sound utterly devastated. I'm a terrible person not to feel sorry for that. ;-P

From: [identity profile] hal-obrien.livejournal.com

Yes, you sound utterly devastated.

Indeed. Bereft. Story of my life, really.

I'm a terrible person not to feel sorry for that. ;-P

I wouldn't say terrible. I mean, I didn't say that you taste bad, just that you have bad taste. ;P

OK, I'm recycling bad commercials of my yout' -- time to go.

From: [identity profile] dreamer31799.livejournal.com

New here

Just saying hello, and congrats about your r's!

Be well,