Welcome back, ETC Bloggers. Before we go any further I’d like to congratulate Tilly (Matilda Dick) one of ETCs super teachers, on her marriage last Wednesday to Marcin. They’re now Mr. and Mrs. Kopecki! I went to the reception and had a real blast! People said that Tilly’s dad and me could pass for twins! (I don’t think I’m that handsome, personally but…hey!).
Anyway, last week we spoke about the clear ‘l’ and the dark ‘l’: the clear ‘l’ in words like ‘like’, ‘love’ and ‘little’, and the dark ‘l’ in words like ‘hill’, ‘full’ and ‘call’. In some words, like ‘pillow’, ‘solution’ and ‘follow’, you can find both. Now, if you don’t know about the existence of dark ‘l’, because you haven’t studied at ETC, and try to pronounce it as clear ‘l’ then it’s going to sound a little strange. Go on, try it!
Here’s your homework for this week; try saying the following words with a clear ‘l’. ‘fill’, ‘dull’, ‘cool’, ‘deal’, ‘pole’ and ‘Paul’. You might end up with people thinking you’ve said: filler; duller; cooler; dealer; polar, Paula. Obviously if there’s no breakdown in communication there’s no problem, after all, there are British ‘native speakers’ from particular parts of the country who kind of pronounce the dark ‘l’ as other sounds. For example, I’ve heard Chelsea, sound like Che/wʊ/sea, and the bill pronounced the /bɪwʊ/ or /bɪjʊ/. All fascinating stuff, eh? To finish with Tilly again, she’s the proud owner of both a dark and a clear ‘l’ /ʌntɪwneˈswiːˈ/. Bye for now.