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I hear /l/ before a vowel, but I don't hear it when it is before a consonant or at the end. For example,

The mall is just down the road.

This mall came up two years ago.


Would you say I am right?

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BulbulTadaWould you say I am right?

Emotion: tongue tied

What you said is a comment on what YOU hear:

BulbulTadaI hear /l/ before a vowel, but I don't hear it when it is before a consonant or at the end.

There is no reason to doubt that you are telling the truth, so of course you are right about what you hear.

I don't think it's what native speakers hear, however, if that's what you'd like to know. We probably don't emphasize an L-sound in pre-consonantal position much when we speak. The tongue doesn't rise as high for an L when a consonant follows. Maybe that's what you're noticing. Emotion: smile

CJ

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CalifJimThe tongue doesn't rise as high for an L when a consonant follows.
Thanks. Maybe with some native speakers they almost don't raise their tongue which I'm able to do but maybe not acceptable, some raise it all way up like I tend to do.
CalifJimI don't think it's what native speakers hear, however, if that's what you'd like to know.

Yes, that's what I wanted to know.

CalifJimWe probably don't emphasize an L-sound in pre-consonantal position much when we speak.

But for saying Bulbul please emphasize the L's!

But how not to emphasize much?!

BulbulTadaBut how not to emphasize much?!

Talk fast! Emotion: big smile

CJ

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Talking faster works! Thanks very much. I can say it without emphasizing, even when slower. But not as authentic!

BulbulTada

Talking faster works! Thanks very much. I can say it without emphasizing, even when slower. But not as authentic!

Great! Emotion: yes

CJ