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Slender L Slender L

Let’s have a look at the variations of the slender L sound in Gaelic.

The slender L sound is made by pressing your tongue against the roof of your mouth (palate) while pronouncing the letter, and occurs when the L is before or after an e or i. The slender L can be heard in leugh (read):

l

leugh

read

leugh leabhar

read a book

The slender L can also be heard in leig (let):

leig

let

leig leam

let me

leig leam leum

let me jump

We can also hear the slender L in the middle of words, such as cliabh (a creel):

cliabh

a creel