Exactly how to pronounce R and L – American English Pronunciation Lesson

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The letters R and L can be very difficult for some English learners to pronounce.

It is very important to focus on your R and L pronunciation, because mispronouncing these letters can cause problems with communication in English. Mixing these two letters up can change the meaning of the word you are trying to say.

The best way to practice your pronunciation is to focus on how you form the sounds with your mouth. First, try focusing on the way your mouth, lips, and tongue feel when you say the R sound. Next, try focusing on the way your mouth, lips, and tongue feel when you say the sound.

Now, try saying these sounds while using the following tips on how to pronounce R and L:


How to Make the R Sound


When you make the R sound, your mouth should form a circle with your lips pointing upwards slightly.

Your tongue should be in the middle of your mouth and should not touch your teeth.


How to Make the L Sound


When you make the L sound, your mouth should be open, but your lips should not stick out.

Your tongue should be just behind your top teeth.


Remember, the best way to improve your pronunciation is to practice saying these sounds while you focus on the way you form your tongue and mouth.


Let’s practice Your Pronunciation!


Try using the tips above to practice saying the following words:

  1. Liver
  2. River
  3. Rim
  4. Limb
  5. Rhyme
  6. Lime
  7. Right
  8. Light
  9. Correct
  10. Collect


Can you pronounce these words correctly? If you can not hear the difference between the R and L sounds, try asking someone for feedback.

Once you master these sounds you will be able to hear the difference!

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