Teaching R Sound in Speech Therapy – Should You Teach Retroflex or Bunched /r/? Which one is right?

I remember the day I found out there were two ways to say the R sound. It blew my tiny grad school mind!
“TWO WAYS TO SAY R!? So you mean there’s the way I say it… and then all the other people are wrong?”

(just kidding)

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Both retroflex R and bunched R are both completely valid in the world of speech therapy.

One is not better than the other. Neither is more “right” or more “wrong.” It’s just a difference! I know adults and children who produce beautiful Rs both ways.

So what’s the difference? I’m so glad you asked! I love talking about this stuff.

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Retroflex R

For this R, your tongue curls backward into a “backflip” type motion. The tip of the tongue hovers below the hard palate, about halfway back in the mouth. The tongue remains wide and controlled throughout the motion.

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Bunched R

For this R, your tongue “slides” back, almost into the shape of a mountain. The lateral borders of the tongue touch the sides of the top molars and the tongue stays wide for the duration of the R.

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Still want more information?

You can check out my YouTube channel where I’ve uploaded a few videos demonstrating the different types of R, look at my other R blog posts, or even sneak a peek at my best-selling Teaching R resource! OR….. maybe a FREEBIE is more your speed?

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