trill

If you're fluent in Spanish, you are probably able to speak with a trill, or a fluttering r sound.

Many languages include a trill in their pronunciation, the sound of a consonant spoken while the tongue vibrates in a very specific way against the teeth or roof of the mouth. To pronounce this sound is also to trill. The word originally referred to a vibrating or warbling sound made by a singer, from the Italian word trillio, "a quavering or warbling," and it's also often used to describe the sound a bird makes.

Definitions of trill
  1. noun
    a note that alternates rapidly with another note a semitone above it
    synonyms: shake
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    musical note, note, tone
    a notation representing the pitch and duration of a musical sound
  2. noun
    the articulation of a consonant (especially the consonant `r') with a rapid flutter of the tongue against the palate or uvula
    “he pronounced his R's with a distinct trill
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    articulation
    the aspect of pronunciation that involves bringing articulatory organs together so as to shape the sounds of speech
  3. verb
    sing or play with trills, alternating with the half note above or below
    synonyms: quaver, warble
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    type of:
    sing
    produce tones with the voice
  4. verb
    pronounce with a trill, of the phoneme `r'
    “Some speakers trill their r's”
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    type of:
    articulate, enounce, enunciate, pronounce, say, sound out
    speak, pronounce, or utter in a certain way
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