IPA phoneme /l/

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l

look /lʊk/

In English, both in Received Pronunciation and in General American, the IPA phonetic symbol /l/ (lowercase L) corresponds to the initial consonant sound in words like "look" and "last" and the final one in "school" and "girl".

In Estuary English /l/ in final position is a vowel. For example milk is pronounced [mɪok] and middle is [ˈmɪdo].

Common words[edit]

Initial pronunciation of /l/:

  • large - last - late - leave - let - life - like - little - live - long - look - lot - love

Medial pronunciation of /l/:

  • As "l": also - child - clear - help - include - old - only - place - problem - world
  • As "ll": actually - allow - challenge - college - dollar - follow - really - village

Final pronunciation of /l/:

  • As "l": control - deal - feel - level - school - several - social - total - travel - until
  • As "ll": all - call - cell - fall - full - kill - sell - skill - small - still - tell - wall - well - will
  • With magic e: file - mile - module - role - rule - sale - smile - style - while - whole
  • With silent e: able - available - couple - example - little - people - possible - table

Anticipated pronunciation difficulties depending on L1[edit]

Preconceived ideas and other interferences from L1 obviously interfere in many cases with how students perceive - and pronounce - sounds/words in English. The following section aims to point out some of the most typical difficulties teachers and students may encounter regarding pronunciation.

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