Light L vs. Dark L

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The difference between the two makes a big difference in pronunciation. Learn where to put your tongue.

Light L vs. Dark L

One of the odd things about pronunciation is that it’s hard to know when we’re pronouncing something correctly and when we’re not. If a vowel or consonant sound does not exist in our native language it’s possible that our ear is not trained well enough to hear the sound. As a result, we create a sound that is familiar to us, the sound that is  closest to what we think we hear. 

Although it may not be possible to hear a difference between these sounds if we’re not regularly exposed to them, it is possible to learn how to create them by learning when they occur and how you need to change what you’re doing inside of your mouth to reproduce the sound

Although this lesson has proven useful for people in all countries, I’ve personally seen it improve the pronunciation of Portuguese speakers and students from Asian countries that do not have a dark L.

Step 1: Listen to the Audio

Step 2: Download the Practice File

Step 3: Keep Practicing 

Listen to this recording multiple times and repeat the sounds created. Don’t give up after one time, it’ll take at least 5-6 times to begin feeling comfortable with the “dark l”.

The Author

Shana - ESL Teacher

Hi Everyone! I am an ESL teacher from California and the host of the American English Podcast. Learn more about me and my teaching experience here.

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