I have always wondered if there are some useful terms to describe the different pronunciation of the letter R. For me there are three different types. 1. The rolling R between tongue and incisors. Predominant in Italian, Spanish, Swiss German, Portuguese, Frisian, Finnish, Scottish English etc. Please feel free to correct me if I'm wrong. 2. The rolling R at the palate (like gargling). Predominant in French, High German etc. 3. The R with tongue-retroflexion (Thank you DBM ). Predominant in British English, American English etc. I don't know if the term "rolling R" even exists. I took it from German ("rollendes R"). But I hope you get my point anyway. Are there useful terms to make a distinction between these pronunciations in any language?