Monday, April 21, 2014

"R" is for RR

A Spanish Tongue Twister

A double "R" in Spanish has that rolling r sound that some people from different countries are incapable of making.

In Spanish sometimes "RR" is considered a separate letter from just the simple "R". And as is with any interesting and distinctive sounds in a particular language, there are special ways that children are taught to practice such sounds.

The "RR" (erre, say it while rolling the r's) tongue twister is one of my favorite tongue twisters in Spanish and it goes a little something like this:

Erre con erre cigarro
Erre con erre barril
Rápido corren los carros cargados de fierro del ferro carril

For those not sure how this is actually supposed to sound here is a link to a YouTube video with two similar versions of the tongue twister.

The meaning of the tongue twister is not all that important since it exists merely to help with pronunciation. But for the curious the translation is something like: Erre with erre cigarette; erre with erre barrel. The cars on the train run fast loaded with iron.

Erre doesn't mean anything in particular.

Are there any tongue twisters your fond of from your own language? Or a second language you know?

p.s. My "Q" post ran into some delays but I still want to have something on Q. It will be uploaded out of order this coming Sunday as a catch up. I will manage 26 posts this month!


  1. I liked the video , I grew up with the sweet version, AZUCAR, I happen to speak four languages and taught for years .Tongue twisters are a great tool to teach pronunciation in a fun way . Loved it ! #AtoZchallenge ☮Peace ☮ ღ ONE ℒℴνℯ ღ ☼ Light ☼ visiting from

    1. Thank you for visiting! Yes I love using tongue twisters in my lessons as well. They really do help in pronunciation and are fun to do as well.

  2. Wonderful! I can sort-of do the rolling "r" but it doesn't sound nearly as elegant from me as it does coming from a native speaker. :)

    1. It's all about practice. It's fun to simply roll the "r"s just for fun too. =)



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