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How To Pronounce the L Sound in American English Part 2 | The Dark L Sound

In this American English pronunciation lesson you will learn all about the pronunciation of L at the end of words and syllables (the Dark L sound). You will learn how native speakers make this sound and we will also discuss alternate tongue placements you can use to achieve the Dark L. Be sure to grab your free 100 Common Dark L Words PDF!

Key Takeaways:

1) Native American English speakers retract the back, or root, of the tongue to make this sound. The sound can also be articulated by pressing the blade of the tongue to the back of the top teeth.

2) Dark L is held, not made with a press-and-release like Light L.

3) Dark L squeezes together with the sound before it, with no extra EH /ɛ/ vowel sound sneaking in.

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