1. MONTHS of going [r] [r] [r] [r] nearly non-stop have finally paid off! I can roll an [r] and am DISPROPORTIONALLY HAPPY ABOUT THIS. Next step: sustaining it.

  2. Noticed an English pronunciation habit: I say “the” as [ði] (thee) when the word afterwards starts with a vowel, and [ðə] (thuh) when the next word starts with a consonant.