L

French consonant

The letter L is usually pronounced similarly to L in English, except that it is dental rather than alveolar (see consonant lesson, "place of articulation"). Phonetic symbol: [l].

However, in most words with a vowel plus IL, L is pronounced like a Y. Phonetic symbol: [j].

LL may be pronounced either way – learn more.

the letter l
la laitue   lettuce
laver   to wash
blond   blond
l’ail   garlic
mille   thousand
la fille   girl

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