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How to Pronounce the Letter ‘R’ in Haitian Creole

This is a short post on how to pronounce the letter ‘R’ in Haitian Creole. This was actually a request from a couple people. I have actually heard some people say the letter ‘R’ is pronounced like the letter ‘W’ in Haitian Creole but I disagree. I think there are instances where it’s actually true but that’s French, not Haitian Creole. For example, ‘Robe’ is dress in French. In creole, it’s spelled ‘Wòb’ Both pronunciations are identical. Of course, this is the case in Haiti. I am not sure if this is the case in France or other French-speaking countries. For example, in order to make the sound for the letter ‘W’, one has to close his or her mouth. But that is not the case for the letter ‘R’. In fact, there is zero lips movement to pronounce ‘R’ in Haitian Creole. Also, the sound for the letter ‘R’ comes from the throat, the sound for the letter ‘W’ comes from the lips.

Here are my recommendations:

  1. Keep your mouth open (I don’t mean wide open). Do not let your lips move when trying to pronounce ‘R’
  2. Do not move your tongue.
  3. Make the sound come from your throat

If you would like to learn more and actually hear the sound by itself ans as part of a word, watch the video listed below.

Letter ‘R’ Video

1 Comment found

    learnhaitiancreole Says :

    October 11, 2020 at 4:35 pm

    Thank you! We will

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