(At the beginning of the word)
Things To Look Out For
- Make sure your lips are relaxed. If you don’t move your lips simultaneously with the tongue, the sound won’t come out right.
- Press your tongue tip against the area between gum and upper teeth. Some people occasionally place their tip between the teeth.
- Lower the back of your tongue. If you raise it with the tip, your /l/ sounds like a French or European /l/.
- Raise the tip area only and do as instructed in B.
|Tongue Twister for /l/ at the beginning|
|Luke’s duck likes lakes. Luke Luck licks lakes. Luke’s duck licks lakes. Duck takes licks in lakes Luke Luck likes. Luke Luck takes licks in lakes duck likes..|
|Dialogue featuring /l/ as the initial sound of 1 syllable|
Note: When we connect the words together, sometimes the final sound of a word becomes the initial sound of the first syllable of the following word as in “little in”, which sounds like little-Lin. Also, bear in mind that the pronunciation of /l/ changes and basically made weaker especially when preceded by stop consonants such as /t/ as in [just lost], /p/ as in [please] and /k/ as in [weekly]. The /l/ occurring at the end of a syllable which also follows a vowel is usually referred to as the “Dark l”, which sounds a little different from the initial sound /l/. That’s for another lesson.
|Liam: Lady Leila, got a lighter with ya love?|
Layla: Liam, my lad, you’re lame to believe that an athlete like Leila would carry a lighter or lend you one.
Liam: lately, lady Leila’s been lashing her love with unlady-like language.
Layla: That’s ludicrous my love, I’m simply laying it on the line for you that I dislike, actually, loathe people who like smoking.
Liam: Look, I realize you lead a healthy life but please let me live my life as I please.
Layla: Listen, I’m not lecturing or giving you a lesson on how to live you life, but to level with you, your latching on to this habit is laughable.
Liam: Ok, you’ll need to loosen up a little and leave me alone.
Layla: That’s lamentable! Ok then, good luck my good looking Liam, you’ve just lost your lean lusty lovable lifelong lady!