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    simple?

    I am an ESL student. I pronounce the word simple as if it were written SIMPOL. Am I right? I have the same problems with apple, little, single, ect.
    If indeed is an O sound the one I should be making where my tongue ought to be located.

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    Re: simple?

    The unstressed liquid /l/ has almost no vowel sound, so it should be minimized as much as possible-- simple drop your relaxed lower jaw fractionally to allow the air to escape. The tongue is relaxed except for the tip, which presses gently against the inner base of the lower front teeth.

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    Re: simple?

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered
    I am an ESL student. I pronounce the word simple as if it were written SIMPOL. Am I right? I have the same problems with apple, little, single, ect.
    If indeed is an O sound the one I should be making where my tongue ought to be located.
    Additionally, final [l] can indeed sound like "OL", but that's not how [l] is pronounced. Try the words play, ploy, planet. Notice there is no vowel between the [p] and the [l] sounds. [l] is syllabic, or rather, it doesn't function as a consonant (a hard sound). It functions like a vowel. You can sing it!

    First, try maintaining or holding [l] as you pronounce it. Use these words:

    like
    lay
    let
    link

    Second, add [p]:

    play
    please
    plot

    Third, now try word final [l]:

    apple
    ample
    sample
    simple

    All the best,

  4. LEB
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    Re: simple?

    How would you pronounce PL by itself?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LEB
    How would you pronounce PL by itself?
    Again, have a look at the way American L is pronounced at this site:

    http://www.americanaccent.com/pronunciation.html#L

    If you have a combination of p and l, try to put a little shwa sound before l. It will almost sound like w so ample will sound like /ampw/

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    Re: simple?

    Quote Originally Posted by LEB
    How would you pronounce PL by itself?
    Welcome, LEB.

    Pronounce [p], then pronounce [l]. [l] is syllabic, so you should be able to sing it:

    [pl], [pl], [pl]

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