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

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.






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

  1. Jorge
    January 18, 2013 at 3:29 pm (3 years ago)

    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 (3 years ago)

    Thanks for you video. Excellent.

  3. Orly
    March 18, 2013 at 3:03 pm (3 years ago)

    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 (3 years ago)

    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
      April 12, 2013 at 1:22 pm (3 years ago)

      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,
      = )

  5. Nary
    July 21, 2013 at 2:28 pm (3 years ago)

    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
      July 22, 2013 at 2:50 pm (3 years ago)

      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!
      = )

  6. pinku
    August 14, 2013 at 12:09 am (3 years ago)

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

  7. Giovanni
    September 6, 2013 at 1:07 pm (2 years ago)

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

  8. john christian
    November 1, 2013 at 11:14 am (2 years ago)

    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.

  9. teresa
    November 3, 2013 at 11:54 am (2 years ago)

    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.

  10. Daniel
    November 13, 2013 at 10:31 am (2 years ago)

    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.



  11. tarek
    April 3, 2014 at 1:52 pm (2 years ago)

    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

  12. RAFAEL
    April 24, 2014 at 7:35 pm (2 years ago)

    Hi Teacher! I like your lessons and I’m learning a lot. before, I didn’t know as pronounce the word of form correct and now it is different . thanks for your time.

  13. abderrahmenne
    July 3, 2014 at 6:40 am (2 years ago)

    i was really amazed regarding your videos,which there were most import for me, when i saw them at the first time I thought that i will certainly extend and make progress in my English level ,think you
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