IPA phoneme /l/
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].
Initial pronunciation of /l/:
- large - last - let - life - like - live - long - lot - look - love
Final pronunciation of /l/:
- As "l": control - feel - level - school - total - travel - until
- As "ll": all - call - small - still - tell - well - will
Anticipated pronunciation difficulties depending on L1
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.