6 Ways to teach your bilingual children to roll their R's

Ask anyone who has been trying to learn to speak Spanish for a while what's the most difficult part is and you'll undoubtedly hear this: "Rolling my R's!" Am I right? And, believe it or not, this is a problem even for native speakers! My children's first language is Spanish and they still had trouble learning how to roll their R's, that's why I spent a good amount of time trying to figure out what I could do to help them out and today I'm sharing my findings.


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For starters, you need to know that it's totally normal for bilingual children to not know how to roll their R's until they're between 5 and 7 years old. So no need to freak out if your 3-year-old doesn't know how to do it.

I also learned that one of the best ways to help your children is by practicing with rhymes like the following:

  • El cielo está enladrillado
    quién lo desenladrillará.
    El desenladrillador que lo desenladrille,
    buen desenladrillador será.
  • Corre que te corre,
    corre sin parar.
    Corre, corre, corre,
    que si tú no corres
    ¡seguro te atraparán!
  • El otro día me caí
    del ferrocarril
    al lado de un barril.
    El barril tenia ruedas.
    ¡Qué raro barril!
    Y con las ruedas
    caí en el barro marrón!
    Fui a mi casa, me bañé rápido
    y dije todo otra vez.
  • Erre con erre, guitarra,
    erre con erre, barril.
    ¡Mira que rápido ruedan
    las ruedas redondas
    del ferrocarril!
  • El burrito barrigón
    ayer se dio un resbalón
    por andar detrás de un carro
    se cayó dentro del barro.
    ¡Qué burrito picarón
    el burrito barrigón!
  • Por la calle de Carretas
    pasaba un perrito;
    pasó una carreta y
    le pisó el rabito.
    ¡Pobre perrito,
    cómo lloraba
    por su rabito!

Topics: bicultural  raising bilingual kids  bilingual children