Ever since I was a child I had troubles speaking. I simply cannot pronounce an R. As a result, I've lost A LOT of self confidence. I've become a follower, not a leader. I'm knees shake when I speak in public. If I have to give a presentation, I try to avoid using words that start with an R because I pronounce it more like the R is a W.
High School has helped because I knew going in that I had to read out loud and give presentations if my teacher asked.
Back in grade school I did have an instructor help me, but she was quite cruel and I stopped seeing her. She would teach me to curl my tongue back to pronounce R's.
I have the top grades in all my classes right now. I excell at English, and I read and write it well. Weird huh? I'm not an idiot, but I do have learning disabilities. In fact, all my siblings do too. Because of this, I believe this could very well be a learning disorder.
What can I do to practice my speech? Actors learn new accents all the time. I'm just lost as to where to look. I'm trying to find an online resource that could help me learn an "American English" accent. My hopes are to get into the habit of speaking correctly.
Any info you could provide would be great. Thanks for the time.