– Listen to these words pronounced very slowly:

– Can you hear a difference in the pronunciation of < l >?

In GB English:
< l > is pronounced as clear /l/ before a
vowel sound or /j/
.
< l > is pronounced as dark [ɫ] before a 
consonant sound or with no following sound. 

– Choose whether the word is pronounced with clear /l/ or dark [ɫ]:

Answers & Audio

1. pale [ɫ]
2. parlour /l/
3. cold [ɫ]
4. collide /l/
5. clean /l/
6. uncle [ɫ]
7. soul [ɫ]
8. slow /l/
9. loop /l/
 
10. pool [ɫ]

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