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  • Today, we're going to talk to you about how to make the R and L sounds as well as practicing your listening and pronunciation.

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  • Today, we have a pronunciation lesson for you, so pelase like the video if you enjoy learning about English pronunciation.

  • Also, for additional practice you can join our social media classes, and there are links to them in the description below.

  • Now, I know a lot of learners have trouble with the R and L sounds.

  • Keep in mind that I'll be going over the American pronunciation, and that's what we'll be talking about today.

  • So let's start out by talking about how to make these sounds.

  • But first, it would be useful if you did have a little mirror like this.

  • And this is a helpful pronunciation tool when you want because you can look and see what's going on inside your mouth.

  • Now, if you don't have one, don't worry about it.

  • That's okay.

  • You are still going to be able to practice.

  • Let's begin with the /r/ sound.

  • In order to make this sound, we need to make sure that your tongue is in the right position.

  • Number 1 - The tip of your tongue needs to be turned up.

  • And it should not be touching the roof of your mouth.

  • If your tongue is touching the roof of your mouth, then it's in the wrong position.

  • So remember, the tongue is turned up, but not touching the roof of your mouth.

  • Number 2 - Your tongue needs to be in the back of your mouth.

  • One way to do this is to smile when you're trying to make the sound because when you smile, it makes your tongue move slightly towards the back.

  • So just smile when you make the sound.

  • I know it looks crazy, but it helps.

  • Number 3 - The sides of your tongue should be next to or in between your back teeth.

  • So when you're making the sound, if you were to bite down slightly, you should be able to feel your teeth touching or hitting the sides of your tongue.

  • Number 4 - The final way to check and make sure your tongue is in the right position is to breathe in.

  • When you have your tongue in the position for the /r/ sound and you breathe in,

  • you should feel the air rushing over or along the top part of your mouth.

  • Yeah, I feel it.

  • Let's practice with a few common words the have the /r/ sound.

  • Now all of these words have the sound in the first or initial position.

  • So I'm going to say the word and then all I want you to do is repeat.

  • Excellent! You're doing great!

  • Now, let's have a look at the /l/ sound.

  • To make this sound, your tongue needs to be up against the back of your teeth.

  • Now the exact spot to put your tongue is on the bump or ridge that is behind your front teeth.

  • I'd show you, but I'm not going to put the camera in my mouth.

  • Number 2 - As you make the sound allow air to flow around your tongue and through your mouth.

  • So as you're making the /l/ sound, if you were to put your hand up to the front of your mouth and make the sound, you should feel the warm air of your breath.

  • It's hot.

  • Number 3 - The final way to check and make sure your tongue is in the right position is to breathe in.

  • When you breathe in, you should feel cool air along the sides of your tongue.

  • It's cool.

  • Again, it helps if you have one of these mirrors so you can see what's going on.

  • So let's practice saying some words with the /l/ sound in the first or initial position.

  • Again, I will say the words and I just want you to repeat.

  • Here we go!

  • Hopefully, you have a better idea about how to make the R and L sounds.

  • For more information about these two sounds as well as information about how to make any sound in American English,

  • I'd recommend that you check out the University of Iowa's phonetic webpage.

  • This is a great pronunciation resource.

  • It shows you what's going on inside your mouth and gives you a great visual.

  • I will leave a link to the webpage in the description below.

  • Okay, I think you're ready for some more practice with the R and L.

  • What I'd like to practice first is your listening skills.

  • And I want you to identify the sound that you hear.

  • Is it the /r/ sound? Or is it the /l/ sound?

  • And for this exercise, we're going to be using minimal pairs.

  • These are two words that sound very similar except for one sound.

  • So in this case, the different sound is going to be either the R or the L.

  • Let me show you what I'm talking about.

  • Here we have two words, and I want you to point to the word that you hear me say.

  • So, if I say "Right," Then you will point here.

  • I'll say each word twice, and then reveal the answer.

  • So, let's get some new words up there.

  • Okay. How did you do?

  • For more practice, I'd recommend doing the exercise again and listening carefully to how I pronounce each word.

  • Now that you've identified the sounds, let's practice your pronunciation.

  • So for this next activity, I want to do an imitation exercise.

  • So I'm going to say a sentence, and then I want you to repeat it exactly how I say it.

  • Let's begin!

  • Great job saying those sentences!

  • If you'd like more pronunciation practice, I'd recommend doing the activity again.

  • And I will also put some more sentences in the description below that will help you practice the R and L sound.

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  • We'll see you next time!

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How to Pronounce the R & L Sounds Like a Native Speaker

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    Minnie 發佈於 2021 年 02 月 17 日
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