My kid is not able to speak the word starting with R properly

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Jalaj 2010-01-15 13:03:56




My Kid is 5 + year, he is not able to speak the word starting with R properly, say for example - "Ram" etc. Previously he was pronounciation L, instaed of R, once we pointed him all the time m he started pronounciating it as , I can't write that but lets see how it is - hindi word of worf "Girl".. Its is Ladki, focus on the middle letter of ladki hindi word, and my kid says the same in place of letter R.. Please suggets , if some one has the issue and they know the right approcah.. Thanks in Advance




ppiya 2010-01-18 16:49:10


i dont think u need to be worried abt this.But i would suggest u have a word with a paediat.She may suggest speech thearapy as one of my collegue's son who was six years old had a similar problem.


labroo 2010-01-20 09:47:00


Do not be overtly worried, usually kids have a temporary issue in rolling their R's in words starting with R's but are allright if R is in the middle of the word.E.g. a simple word like Rakhi could be pronounced as Wakhi or Lakhi etc. My 3 yr. old used to do that but not anymore.Kids just get up one morning & decide to say it the right way.


neha146 2010-01-20 09:49:46


Hello Jalaj,

You have explained the problem very well. So ur son says "the middle letter of hindi word ladki" (let's call it "AD") instead of R. Now for pronouncing "R" the tongue rolls up to touch the roof of the mouth and stays there but when u speak "AD" then the tongue rolls up to touch the roof of the mouth and hits it.

So ask him to pronounce "R"  for which he will roll up his tongue to touch the roof of the mouth. Then with the help of your finger u try keeping his tongue in the same position and ask him to say the "R" again. The sound will come out as "R" instead of "AD". Make him practice like this .

Hope this will help. Let me know if it works out.



manija 2010-01-21 20:24:18


Neha , You are very correct.

Even my 3+ daughter is not telling R correctly.....

But she doesn't let me touch her tongue and show/feel her this "R".





neha146 2010-01-23 10:52:16


Hello Mani,

Yeah it becomes very difficult if the kid doesn't let u touch the tongue. Try demonstrating on yourself. Your kid might get intrigued seeing you and might try to practice on her own. Encourage her to try it in front of the mirror.

All the best!



MeeraG 2010-02-04 15:40:44



My daughter too had this problem till she was aboud 4 years. I began to play a game with her, which she really enjoyed. The R Game. I used to tel her words with R (beginning, middle or end) like River / Rabbit or Green / Mantra or Registrar / star etc. She found it fun and she would try. Then one day all of a sudden she told Rabbit instead of Labbit. And then i told her, "See you just said R!!" She was so excited and  then the whole day we kept repeating R words. And that's how she began to roll he Rs.

All the best.


Jalaj 2010-02-04 17:16:26


Hi Meera,

looks a very practical approach. I will start doing the same, thanks for sharing the same with us.




manija 2010-02-04 18:38:09


Neha your suggestion to try myself first infront of her  seems good. I will try.

Also, as Meera said, I will play R Game.....


neha146 2010-02-05 09:19:13


All the best to you u Manija and Jalaj!




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