I JUST ROLLED AN 'R' FOR THE FIRST TIME, EVER, IN MY LIFE.
What a momentous experience!
I was in my car, listening to tango music -- more specifically, to Canaro's "No Hay Tierra Como la Mia". And I was trying to mimic and sing the words, with more (or less) success.
I was thinking about the rolling of 'r's... "If babies can learn to do it, and everyone in the Spanish-speaking world can do it, then physically, I must be able to do it too," I thought to myself.
So I was making noise after noise.
Most were far too gutteral. (I've never had a problem making more gutteral German-ish sort of noises.)
I experimented with closing my teeth, opening my teeth, using the back of my tongue, the front, using more or less lip...
...I was doing it! Rolling my 'r's! I was an 'r'-rolling demon!
It was so exciting. I had to call and tell half my friends, roll my 'r's for them, gush and gush.
And I still am! An 'r'-rolling demon, that is. I think it's like learning to ride a bike. Once you do it, it's always with you.
So r-r-r-really, life will never-r-r be the same again.