Getting started with Spanish 2
Getting started with Spanish 2

Start this free course now. Just create an account and sign in. Enrol and complete the course for a free statement of participation or digital badge if available.

Free course

Getting started with Spanish 2

10 Sounds for the letter ‘r’

Listen to the following pairs of words, in which the only difference is the sound of the letter r.

Download this audio clip.Audio player: lxs002_wk2_act_aud004.mp3
Skip transcript

Transcript

NARRATOR:
Listen for the difference in these pairs of words.
SPEAKER 1:
pero – perro; cero – cerro; caro – carro; coro – corro; curo – curro
End transcript
 
Interactive feature not available in single page view (see it in standard view).

Note that the difference in sound depends on whether the word is spelled with a single r or a double rr.

  • pero but

  • perro dog

  • cero zero

  • cerro hill

  • caro expensive

  • carro cart

  • coro choir

  • corro I run

  • curo I cure

  • curro slang word for 'work'

In these pairs the difference in sound and spelling gives a different meaning. Although in general the context would help a listener understand what you mean, you should be aware of the difference and practise these sounds as you come across them.

Sounds for the letter ‘r’

The sound for r is produced by a single flap of the tongue against the roof of the mouth close to your gums, as in cero or pero.

The sound for double rr is produced in the same way, but by flapping the tongue several times, producing a stronger and longer sound as in cierra and cerrado.

When the letter r is at the beginning of a word it is pronounced with the strong sound of the double rr in the middle of a word; for example, rata, ratón.

LXS002_1

Take your learning further

Making the decision to study can be a big step, which is why you'll want a trusted University. The Open University has 50 years’ experience delivering flexible learning and 170,000 students are studying with us right now. Take a look at all Open University courses.

If you are new to University-level study, we offer two introductory routes to our qualifications. You could either choose to start with an Access module, or a module which allows you to count your previous learning towards an Open University qualification. Read our guide on Where to take your learning next for more information.

Not ready for formal University study? Then browse over 1000 free courses on OpenLearn and sign up to our newsletter to hear about new free courses as they are released.

Every year, thousands of students decide to study with The Open University. With over 120 qualifications, we’ve got the right course for you.

Request an Open University prospectus371