As you may have read in my last blog entry, I decided to dedicate some time this weekend to training myself to roll my 'r' better, to improve my language skills, specifically for Norwegian and Serbian.
I promised to record a video, and you can watch me stumble through my attempts below (the words with 'r' are at the end, from 3:27). I introduce the video in Norwegian (with subtitles, don't worry!), and then continue in English, explaining some of the methods I used and problems I had. It was pretty difficult; I had some skills before, and I don't know if I particularly improved how I sound, but I do feel a little more confident than I did before, and, as much as anything, I know what I'm doing wrong! Now I just need to keep practising!
Comments and constructive criticism are particularly welcome.
The following sites and videos helped me this weekend, so thank you to them.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKRQMCHlONU - this girl explains things well, and is fun to watch too
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gOZTXqgKcY - a really great video, an accompaniment to the previous link, that shows how to make your tongue less stiff.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4lI6LkAeLw - for Spanish learners, but the concepts are the same, and I feel I got closest to getting the vibrations right with this one.