Today’s question is from a Chinese student:

“Is it necessary to touch your tongue to the back ofyour top teeth to make the L sound?  Do all native speakers do that?  Sorry for asking so many questions! :)”

I love questions…keep them coming!

Some native speakers will make this sound in different places. For instance, I typically make the L between my teeth. Where I grew up, we don’t use an L at the end of a word, so of course, we don’t touch our teeth.

My lessons are geared to be easy to follow. I teach the most “idealized” pronunciation:  the L sound is made by touching the back of your top, front teeth.  Variations occur, especially depending on the sounds before and after the L.