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    Re: Differences in articulation between /əl/ (e.g. at the end of "financial") and /əʊ

    There is a phenomenon called /l/ vocalization. Usually, the dark /l/ (or velarized /l/) reaches the same position as the phoneme /o/. In vocalization, the tongue doesn't touch the alveolar ridge. In some dialects, /l/ vocalization is heavily used.
    /əʊ/ is a particular way of realizing the diaphoneme /o/.

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    #12

    Re: Differences in articulation between /əl/ (e.g. at the end of "financial") and /əʊ

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    In 2, you seem to be saying /
    fa ɪˈnn.tsə
    l/. I can't hear any difference in the ending.
    In any case, I think it's good enough. If you said "financial markets" or "I'm having financial problems", I'm sure you would be understood.
    Thanks a lot.
    I think I will keep up with the first one.
    As for the second, actually, I was trying to imitate what I sometimes hear in Hong Kong. It seems that Hong Kong people at times like to pronounce /
    ʃ
    / as /s/. But I think it's not quite an appropriate way of pronunciation, so I will follow the first one.

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    #13

    Re: Differences in articulation between /əl/ (e.g. at the end of "financial") and /əʊ

    In response to the original point, it's also important to remember that in any diphthongs, your lips will move position. For /ƏU/ this means that you lips should start in the /Ə/ position and end in the /u/ position. As others have mentioned, with /Əl/ your lips don't move, but your tongue does.

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