Pronouncing /r/ and /l/ in British English

Learn to pronounce Dark L [ɫ], Clear L, and "R" [ɹ]

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Are you struggling to pronounce dark L [ɫ] clearly in British English? Are you finding "R" hard to pronounce as well? You are not alone!

This course provides you with a deep dive into pronouncing the approximant speech sounds /r/ and /l/.

Discover how to position your mouth for /l/ and /r/ (using a contemporary RP accent model), including specific guidance on pronouncing dark L in British English. Practice /l/ and /r/ in context and practise with animations, /l/ and /r/ minimal pairs, and ear training!

With this practical video course led by your expert linguist speech coach, you will learn to master the dark (velarised) L, transcribed phonetically as [ɫ], the British approximant [ɹ], and you will train your brain to perceive /r/ and /l/ with ear training (animations provided).

This course is suitable for speakers of Asian languages including Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese, Korean, and some other Asian languages. If your first language is not listed, take a look at the curriculum because this course is useful for anyone who struggles to pronounce /l/ and /r/ (not just those who may struggle to distinguish between them).

Speakers of Portuguese will also find this course helpful, for example, since Portuguese speakers often struggle with pronouncing /l/ and /r/ when acquiring a contemporary RP (standard southern British) accent, even though Portuguese speakers tend not to struggle with perceiving a distinction between these two speech sounds.

You'll get...

  • All the video course modules on pronouncing clear l, dark l, and /r/
  • Exercises to work on /l/ and /r/ in context (including the dark l)
  • Lots of in-course practice time
  • Beautiful hand-drawn animated practice videos that you can work on your speech production and perception and pronounce /l/ and /r/ clearly and confidently when you speak English.

You will also receive a certificate upon completion of this English pronunciation course and when you sign up, you will also be able to attend a live group workshop on Zoom with your expert instructor.

Your Instructor

Katie, British Accent Academy
Katie, British Accent Academy

Meet Katie, your UK native Pronunciation Teacher. With an MA Hons in Linguistics (University of Edinburgh) Katie is also certified by the International Phonetic Association. She has been a teacher for over a decade, she is an English pronunciation specialist, and she has helped thousands of non-native clients from all over the world to master clear and confident English Pronunciation. This is your chance to work on your pronunciation with guidance from a true linguistics expert!

Course Curriculum

  Introduction to R and L
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  Let's pronounce R
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I find that people understand me better in work meetings, calls, and everyday life. The course has made me aware of sounds that I couldn't even perceive before (let alone pronounce correctly)!

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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and you can repeat it as many times as you want. It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish. Download the Teachable app to watch the tutorials on your iOS device.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact British Accent Academy in the first 30 days.