Hi guys! My name is Young, and I am your tutor !. Today, I’d like to answer the question When does the consonant "ㄹ" make an "L" sound and when does it make an "R" sound?
ㄹ actually is neither pronounced as ‘L’ or ‘R’ . In English, when you pronounce ‘L’ the tongue hit the teeth like and ‘R’ the tongue is rolled like. The Korean ㄹ actually hit the space right before the teeth like here. And here is your teeth. Let’s practice with using different vowels. 라 랴 러 려 로 료 루 류 르 리 very good.
Some people say it sometimes sounds like R or L, but i’d say it never sounds neither of them. the length of the tongue touches the top defines either it sounds more like R or L, and the position of the tongue is still behind the teeth, when ㄹ is at the beginning or end of the word or precedes a consonant, the tongue stays longer on the top. Like 레몬 which means lemon or 비밀 which means secret.
And when ㄹ is between two vowels, the tongue just slightly hit the top. Like 머리 which means head or hair or 뭐라고? Which means What ? what did you say? (in informal speech)
And sometimes When you speak fast the tongue nearly touched the top and I guess thats when you guys think ㄹ sounds like R like 뭐할거예요? Which means What are you gonna do?
Lets practice more.
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