Time required: a few minutes a day
- Open your mouth.
- Close your throat as if you're going to gargle or to avoid swallowing a mouthful of liquid, and say K carefully, several times.
- Pay attention to where in your throat the K sound is made. We'll call this the K place.
- Begin slowly closing your throat, until you can almost feel the K place. Your throat should be only partially constricted.
- Tense the muscles around the K place.
- Gently push air through your partially constricted throat.
- Practice saying Ra-Ra-Ra (where R = steps 4-6) every day.
- Try not to think of this letter as an R. The French R is nothing like the English R (pronounced in the middle of the mouth) or the Spanish R (pronounced in the front of the mouth). The French R is pronounced in the throat.
- Go back to page 1 to listen to sound files with the letter R.
- The French R sounds a lot like the ch in "Loch Ness" and the kh in Arabic transcription, as in Khalid.
- Practice makes perfect!