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R & L Pronunciation

宮崎ハロー英会話のミニレッスン 27: Really leery, rarely Larry

Can you say this tongue twister?

  • Really leery, rarely Larry.
How about these:
  • Red lorry, yellow lorry.
  • A lump of red leather, a red leather lump.

This week I taught ‘r’ and ‘l’ pronunciation for a University class in Miyazaki. R & L is difficult for most Japanese speakers because  there is no ‘L’ in Japanese and the Japanese ‘R’ is different to the English ‘R’. Actually, how Japanese say ‘R’ is similar to how we say ‘L’ in English, so it is difficult. The important thing to remember is the tongue DOES NOT touch the top of your mouth when you make an ‘R’ sound, but it DOES when you say a ‘L’ sound.

Here are some more words for you to practice:

alive                    arrive
belly                    berry
blight                  bright
blue                     brew
blush                   brush
flee                       free
fly                         fry
lane                      rain
led                        red
lead                      read
lice                       rice
light                     right
load                      road
long                     wrong
loom                   room
lot                        rot
play                     pray

 

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