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    Default measurement Ml

    How do you read Ml as in '250Ml' for little milk cartons?

    I routinely call our milk distribution company to place an milk order at work twice a week.

    And I think I pronounce 4L, 2L, and 1L properly. But when I read down my milk list and hit 500Ml, I say on the phone 'Down to 500 mil-liters'. And the same fashion when I read on to '250Ml'.

    The lady who takes my call doesn't seem to have problem understanding me, but I don't think it's the proper way of pronouncing Ml.

    Is it 'MILLILITRE', as opposed to 'MIL-LITRE'? And if so, how should I pronounce it? 'MILLILITRE' requires a lot of tongue gymnastic, because of double Ls with I in the middle. I once tried saying 500 millilitre, and I went like, 500 milli - eeter. Oh my...

    I will record and include the pronouciation once I get home. Please review it for me and provide corrections. Thank you very much.
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    Default Re: measurement Ml

    I say mili-liter (Milee-leeter), which may be difficult for someone to pronounce if their native language interchanges the "glide" sounds L and R. On second thought, I usually say (milaleeter)
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    Default Re: measurement Ml

    You could always shorten it to '250 mils'.

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