The letter combination il has various pronunciations depending on what precedes it. Phonetic symbols are provided in [brackets].
Il is pronounced [il]
- on its own
- when preceded by a consonant
- in the letter combination "consonant + uil" (but not uille*)
When preceded by any other vowel, the l in il is pronounced [j], as in all of these letter combinations (click for lessons and sound files):
* L is also pronounced [j] in all vowel + ille combinations, including uille.