RR

Spanish Letter

The pronunciation of the Spanish letter RR can be difficult for students. It is the same sound as the single R, but twice as long.

Por ejemplo…

arroz rice
aterrizar to land
espárragos asparagus
marrón brown

 When a single R is at the beginning of a word, it is pronounced like RR.

In Spanish, RR was traditional considered a single letter. It’s very important to be aware of this when looking something up in pre-1994 Spanish dictionary, because words with RR were listed after words with R + any other letter. For example, carro was located after cartel.

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