American English Pronunciation: R & L Sounds

Many non-native English speakers have problems pronouncing the American consonants /r/ and /l/.  Since /r/ and /l/ are found at the beginning and end of many  English words it is important to pronounce these sounds correctly.

Here are a few tips you can use to make these sounds.

Making the /r/ sound

To make the /r/ raise your tongue into a bunched up position. Do not touch the top of your mouth with your tongue!

Practice by saying these words: red, raid, wrist, right, wrong, rice

Making the /l/ sound

To make the /l/ touch the tip of your tongue behind your top teeth. The flow of air through your mouth should move freely.

Practice by saying these words: led, laid, list, light, long, lice

Click here to view my video tutorial on the /r/ & /l/ sounds.

For more pronunciation practice with the sounds /r/ & /l/ you can click here to practice by using the popular American children’s song Row, Row, Row Your Boat.

This is challenging, but it’s really FUN!

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