Many of the Japanese, Chinese & Korean speakers who I work with in my accent reduction coaching program have difficulties with the American English /r/ & /l/ sounds.
Here are a couple of TIPS you can use to help you make these sounds.✔
To make the light /l/ sound, touch your tongue to the ridge behind your upper teeth. The air should flow around your tongue as it leaves your mouth.
Slowly say the words: light, listen, look to feel the placement of your tongue.
To make the /r/, start with your tongue in a central relaxed position. Then bunch your tongue up and back and say red, rent & run to feel the placement of your tongue.
Don’t let your tongue touch the roof of your mouth when you make the /r/ sound!
Use the contrast drills below to pronounce the sounds of /l/ & /r/ in some common words.
Say each word slowly to feel the tongue position for the /l/ & /r/.
Getting these sounds right takes a lot of concentration & practice. You won’t master these sounds overnight!
When I work with my Korean, Chinese & Japanese clients we typically work of these sounds for 10 minutes each time we meet. Then I assign them homework drills they can use to practice these sounds.
New sounds, just like new habits, take time to master. ☆
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While coaching costs more than books & audio courses, the personal attention & feedback that you get will help you improve much more quickly than self study options.☝
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There are more TIPS for you at the links below!
Tags: R & L Sounds