Video How to say words with l and r in the same word

VIDEO How to say English Words With l And r In The Same Word

Sometimes, it’s even tricky for me to say English words that have /l/ and /r/ in the same word!  Sometimes it’s tricky because the /l/ and /r/ are close together, or because the word is long with multiple /l/ and /r/ sounds in it.  Basically, to pronounce these /l/ -/r/ words well, you need to just practise them till your mouth can make them smoothly in your everyday speech.

You may need to learn how to pronounce either of these sounds  first (we have lots of material and training on this in our courses). Then once you are clear about the different production of the /l/ and /r/ sounds, it makes it much easier for your mouth to get from one to the other in words that have both sounds in them.

You are alternating between raising your tongue up at the front of your mouth for /l/, to raising it up more towards the middle of the mouth for /r/.

You could even use a famous English tongue twister to practise this:

‘Red leather, yellow leather’ – said over and over, and of course getting faster after a while!

English Words With l And r In The Same Word

currently
rural
really
ruler (American accent the /r/ in ‘er’ is also pronounced)
celery
hurriedly
royalty
brilliant
extremely
improperly (American- the /r/ in ‘er’ is also pronounced)
labouring / laboring
lateral
melodrama
scarily
properly (American – the /r/ in ‘er’ is also pronounced)
propeller (American – the /r/ in ‘er’ is also pronounced)
celebration
material
centralise / centralize
parallel
merrily
apparently
apparel
correlation
Carol
probably
cutlery
controlling
rolling

Best wishes, Esther

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