How to roll/trill the letter R in a russian accent?

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    Angela, what is your native language?
    – CocoPop
    Commented Jan 27, 2015 at 3:00

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This manual looks pretty elaborate. Good luck!

(I can't do it, by the way...)

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    Very nice manual. Interesting note: My toddler kids can make rolling R sound in the tractor noise, i.e. when asked what noise the tractors do they say very good TTTRRRRRRR. Therefore I teach them using the TR/DR method (#2 in the manual). I find it quite successful
    – cha
    Commented Jan 29, 2015 at 0:56
  • Funny :) I’m Russian, and we actually used the word “tractor” when taught our daughters to do it :) We used a small silly poem: Трактор в поле «Тыр-Тыр-Тыр», Я в колхозе бригадир
    – stansult
    Commented Jan 10, 2020 at 20:12

Russian r's are formed by flapping the tip of your tongue against the alveolar ridge (behind your upper teeth)--you only need to flap once or twice. A good way to learn how to do this is to say the word рука only give a really strong puff of air as you say the р. In your question you mention a Russian accent. That normally implies the way some other language is pronounced as a Russian might pronounce it, for example, as a Russian might pronounce English words (with a Russian accent). The trilling of the r in this case would be the same if you want to pronounce English words with a Russian accent.

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    Against the back of your teeth??? Are you kidding? Russian /r/ is post-alveolar, there's a huge way to the teeth when you pronounce the Russian /r/.
    – Yellow Sky
    Commented Jan 27, 2015 at 2:33
  • Right--thanks for pointing that out. Edit made.
    – Dkh5
    Commented Jan 27, 2015 at 3:14

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