The Spanish “L” sounds very similar to the English “L” as found in words such as “love” or “alone”, but is pronounced in a slightly shorter way. The English “L” sound is made by placing the tongue at the bottom of the top front teeth, whereas in Spanish the tongue ends up on the roof of the mouth just behind the top front teeth.
The Spanish “L” is always pronounced in the same way, no matter where it is found in a word. The pronunciation of the Spanish single “L” should not be confused with the pronunciation of the Spanish double “LL” which is completely different and will be explained in the next lesson in this course.
I will now give you some examples of Spanish words featuring the “L” and I would like you to repeat each word after me paying attention to the distinct “L” sound. If you would like to see the meaning of any words you are unsure of please see the lesson notes.
Listen and repeat:
Almería: name of a Spanish province
Saltar: to jump
Salón: living room
Colocar: to place
Leer: to read