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  • I recently got an email from someone asking about the light L and dark L. She said, if

  • an L is in the middle of a word, isn’t it always a dark L. And the answer is no. An

  • L can be in the middle of the word, but still at the beginning of a syllable. Let’s take

  • for example the wordelongate’ – to make something longer. This can be pronounced

  • several ways, I pronounce it with theeeas inshevowel in the first syllable.

  • But no matter how it is pronounced, the middle syllable is always begun with the L consonant

  • sound. And since it is beginning the syllable, it is a light L. So it is theeeas

  • inshefollowed by a light L beginning that second syllable. Elongate. We can compare

  • that with the wordeelwhich has theeeas inshefollowed by the L.

  • The L here is at the end of the syllable, therefore it is a dark L. Elongate, eel. Do

  • you here thisuhdark sound that comes before the L in the word eel? Ee-uh-l. In

  • the word elongate, elongate, there is not that dark sound. This is because the tongue,

  • ee-uh-l, which pulls back for the dark L, does not do it in the word elongate. Elongate.

  • The tip simply moves straight up to the top without pulling back first. So an L at the

  • beginning of a word, that can only be a light L. L at the end of a word, that can only be

  • a dark L. But an L that comes in the middle of a word can be light or dark, depending

  • on if it is beginning or ending the syllable. That’s it, and thanks so much for using

  • Rachel’s English.

I recently got an email from someone asking about the light L and dark L. She said, if

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L in the Middle of a Word -- 美式英語的發音 (L in the Middle of a Word -- American English Pronunciation)

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