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    Pronunciation of the words like "failure", "million", etc.

    I've been taking an american training recently, and I find the most difficult words to pronunce are the words like failure, million, familiar, etc. I'm really confused about the "L" sound, It's not actually an "L" but more like a "y", or something between the two. I just want to how you native speakers pronunce these words, what's the position of your tongue? Thanks.

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    Re: Pronunciation of the words like "failure", "million", etc.

    fail+ur
    mill+yun
    famil+ur


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    Re: Pronunciation of the words like "failure", "million", etc.

    yes, but in the dictionary, the pronunciation is
    'mi(l)-yən
    'fāl-yər
    fə-'mil-yər
    there is no "U"

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    Re: Pronunciation of the words like "failure", "million", etc.

    That's right. IPA has [j] or [y] before [u], as in United States = [yu:].

    My ur = IPA [yu]


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    Re: Pronunciation of the words like "failure", "million", etc.

    Ok. thanks

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