Pronunciation – Practice the L and R Sounds! (video)

by Melanie on May 21, 2012

In this pronunciation practice video, we’ll do some exercises to practice the L and R consonant sounds at the beginning of a word or syllable. Get your mirror ready, so you can make sure that your mouth is doing the same thing as my mouth. If you need to review how to make these sounds, watch this video first. Let’s get started!


That’s it! If you still have trouble hearing the difference between L & R, watch this video again. Watch it as many times as necessary for you to hear the difference … and remember: practice these sounds for AT LEAST 15 minutes every day! Good luck, and I’ll see you in the next video.

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jorge January 18, 2013 at 3:29 pm

Thank for your excellent video class. I tray to learn English language and fallow you advise. Sorry for my grammar.


2 jose February 22, 2013 at 4:05 am

Thanks for you video. Excellent.


3 Orly March 18, 2013 at 3:03 pm

Hi, Melanie
It’s good to be able to watch your videos and learn with this useful material
Actually , I ‘m improving my pronunciation with this website and I hope to keep on doing it.
Thanks Melanie


4 song April 12, 2013 at 11:00 am

It seems to be almost impossible for me to tell the differnce between two sounds.
For most Koreans, two sounds are usually accepted as one.
(Korean alphabet ‘ㄹ’)

I want to believe the motto ‘ practice makes perfect’ is for me.


Melanie 5 Melanie April 12, 2013 at 1:22 pm

Hi, Song,

You are not alone. Many Asian language-speakers have this same problem.

The motto is true! Practice DOES make perfect! I promise you. Keep watching this video until you can finally hear a difference.

All the best,
= )


6 Nary July 21, 2013 at 2:28 pm

Hi Melanie,

I am a CELTA certified teacher who tried using your website for the first time.

I am really impressed with the amount of work you have put onto this website.

Any suggestions on how to help a student who gets his Bs and Ds mixed up?



Melanie 7 Melanie July 22, 2013 at 2:50 pm

Hi, Nary,

Thank you for your kind words! Unfortunately I’ve never encountered a student who gets his Bs and Ds mixed up. What is his native language? I had an Arabic-speaking student who mixed up /p/ and /b/, but not /d/. I can’t think of anything other than the standard minimal pairs, tongue twisters, & phrase practice.

Good luck to you!
= )


8 pinku August 14, 2013 at 12:09 am

thank u. the best teacher I hv ever had…..


9 Sunny August 15, 2013 at 5:22 am

Hi Melanie,
how are you?
Thanks for your great work! but I could not to access to Youtube in my city in China. I don’t know the reason.
Could i watch your video by other means? what a pity if i miss your video!

By the way, i have listened your lesson No.16 for at least 5 times. Your story is easy to understand. however i still find some difficult sentences and the model verbs to hear. for example, ‘The credit card company did not see any refunds waiting to be credited to my account. ‘ this sentence is very quick and i did not understand it untill i see the transcript although i could guess the meaning by the context.
and for numbers, 380 and 190. i could hear the weak form of AND for 380. /n/ is linked with 80, right? but i could not hear it for 190. i guess /n/ is linked after with hundred,yes?




10 Giovanni September 6, 2013 at 1:07 pm

Not many words to say but just : “Thank you Melanie, You are great”


11 john christian November 1, 2013 at 11:14 am

hi ms. Melanie Im proudly announced you to my Facebook account as my teacher in English online. i search on the internet about your web and i try to sort it, and then i found that your website is my manual as an aid for me to learn english because my motivation is to work in a call center job who are usually english american accent. hope to get improved. because i always failed to apply on that job, so i think this is the best way for me to learn through your lesson.


12 teresa November 3, 2013 at 11:54 am

It is a pleasure listening to your videos and following your lessons. I am 61 years old from Portugal and enjoy spending time improving my English with you. Thank you very much I am grateful for everything .God bless you. Keep up the good work.


13 Daniel November 13, 2013 at 10:31 am

I’ve never stopped myself and see especially the pronunciation of the R, that’s why your emphasis in the R (phonema, pneuma or whatever it is called in lesson 1). For example, ‘room’ tends to sound like ‘broom’, but the ‘b’ very soft and somehow this explain the form of the mouth at the very beginning. But now I’m able to understand it and try to practice it. Excellent video, Melanie.




14 Owais February 23, 2014 at 1:27 pm

Hi …Melanie I would like to bring your affirmative note that i’m from Pakistan due to some restriction by Govt. we are unable to view videw on youtube likewise pronouciation etc., therefore, it’s my request you to upload such video on dailymotion or some where else where we can view easily …..thanks


15 tarek April 3, 2014 at 1:52 pm

thanx a lot i was really happy to follow your lessons which were verry helpful . now i am enjyoing spending time watching your videos and improving my english american accent . God bless dear teacher keep up the good job you are doing we will be always waiting for the next lesson


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