Today in the classroom you are going to
learn to pronounce the sound l as in
special. Remember "practice
makes perfect" if you want to improve your English speaking ability.
if you cannot understand something on this page,
then use the Fun Easy English
(opens in a new window)
lake, cold, balance,
left, fool, apple, table,
uncle, careful, special
Note: the red
letters all have the same sound
This is a VOICED sound which means Your Vocal Cords DO
vibrate when making this sound.
LISTEN to your Vocal Cords vibrating if you cover
your ears with your hands.
Try covering your ears with your hands as Akiko is doing in
Now make the sound of this lesson. Can you listen to your vocal cords vibrating?
FEEL your Vocal Cords vibrating if
you place your hands on your neck.
Try placing your hands on your neck as Akiko is doing in the
Now make the sound of this lesson. Can you feel your vocal
The following diagram shows the most important parts of your
head and mouth used for pronouncing the sounds of English.
It also shows the location of your Vocal Cords.
and tongue position
The following descriptions explain the proper mouth, lips,
and tongue position when you make this sound.
mouth is slightly open and the sound continues through your
mouth with no air.
Your lips should be slightly separated.
The front part of your tongue should be behind and touching your
Listen to the video and practice repeating each word.
Pronunciation practice words
Look at your mouth in a mirror and practice pronouncing
the following words. Make sure your mouth, lips, and
tongue are in their proper positions.
Note: the red letters all
have the same sound (watch the video above)
Pronunciation word test
Try saying the following tongue twisters as quickly as
Red lorry, yellow lorry [repeated]
Liril [repeated fast]
Lovely lemon liniment.
Listen to the local yokel yodel.
A lusty lady loved a lawyer
and longed to lure him from his laboratory.
Pronouncing the sound l
This sound is particularly difficult for native speakers
of Japanese who usually confuse the l and r sounds.
(Beginner - Listening)
Avoid Ineffective Study Methods. An audio lesson to help
you study English more effectively. The English is
spoken at 75% of normal speed. Great English study tips.
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