The / l / in Lamb and the / r / in Ram
Pronunciation Activation Pack – 36
/ l / Lamb / r / Ram
In this Pronunciation Activation Pack we will be looking at the consonant sounds / l / and / r /.
We will look at the letter combinations that give the / l / and / r / sounds.
We will look at lots of words which have the / l / and / r / sounds in them.
Finally, we will activate your ability to hear and produce the / l / and / r / sounds correctly.
The / l / and / r / sounds are approximants which come somewhere between the vowels and fricatives in the amount of turbulence they cause to the airflow.
The / l / and the / r / sounds on the chart are shown in green, which means that they are voiced.
They do not have unvoiced counterparts.
Letter Combinations for / l /
This lateral approximant has these letter combinations:
L and LL.
The Silent L is often found in words which have the following letter combinations:
ALF, ALK, ALM, ALV, AULK, OLK, OLM, OLN, OLO, and OULD.
Letter Combinations for / r /
This approximant can have these letter combinations:
R, RR, WR, and RH.
The fat-bellied Colonel was buried with a berry in his belly.
/ ðə fæt ˈbe.lid ˈkɜːn.l̩ wəz ˈbe.rɪd wɪð ə ˈber.i ɪn ɪz ˈbe.li /
Browse for a blouse in Lincoln.
/ braʊz fər ə blaʊz ɪn ˈlɪŋkən /
The flesh should be fresh.
/ ðə fleʃ ʃəd bi freʃ /
The prow should plough through a calm sea.
/ ðə praʊ ʃəd plaʊ θruː ə kɑːm siː /
Would you look at that rook.
/ wʊd ju lʊk ət ðət rʊk /
Problems for Students
The biggest problem for students comes from words which differ only in the / l / and / r / sounds.
This is a notorious problem for students whose first language is not European.
In this Pronunciation Activation Pack we will be looking at minimal pairs differing only in the / l / and / r / sounds.
Resources and Activators
As with all of my English Activation Packs, this Activation Pack has valuable resources to help you activate the language in this lesson.
Download the resources from the link at the top left.
You will also find the Activators at the end of the Pack.
These will give you plenty of exercises to help you make the language in this lesson part of your active vocabulary.
Interactive British English IPA Chart
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