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  • This is a consonant sound you can hear it

  • at the beginning of the word "light" in the middle of the word

  • "valley" at the end of the word "bel"

  • and at the beginning and end of the word "level"

  • now you try listen and repeat

  • "light" "valley"

  • "bell" "level"

  • Okay

  • speakers have some languages

  • may find it difficult to tell the difference between this sound

  • /l/ and another consonant /r/

  • Now listening carefully to hear the difference

  • between the following two words

  • and watch the position of my mouth

  • light right

  • I make the /l/ sound

  • with the front part of my tongue

  • behind my teeth and I make the /r/ sound

  • my making my lips come out

  • and pulling my tongue back

  • /r/

  • now listen to some examples

  • and watch the shape of my mouth

  • led red

  • clash crash

  • climb crime

  • lice rice

  • lock rock

  • Now you try listening again

  • and repeat after me

  • led red

  • clash crash

  • climb crime

  • lice rice

  • lock rock

  • Okay

  • In English

  • /l/ at the beginning of a syllable is a bit different from

  • /l/ at the end of a syllable listen carefully

  • leaf feel

  • leaf feel

  • and

  • let tell

  • let tell

  • Did you hear that little difference

  • listen again

  • /l/ /l/

  • now for some speakers of English

  • this can change the vowel a little bit

  • listen again

  • loaf foal

  • loaf foal

  • and

  • loot tool

  • loot tool

  • now this can actually make

  • the /l/ sound disappear

  • at the end of a syllable

  • so I can say "pal" or "pal"

  • I can say "pill" or "pill"

  • mile mile

  • milk milk

  • cold cold

  • to be careful

  • there's a bit of a difference

This is a consonant sound you can hear it

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B1 UK sound syllable listen loot loaf clash

BBC Pronunciation tips: L sound

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    Jones posted on 2016/03/25
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