L is an Important Letter
I taught English in an Ecuadorian elementary school for a semester. During the unit where I was teaching about the parts of the body, “hair” was one of our words. In Spanish, “hair” can be translated as “pelo” or “cabello.” I chose the former as translation and heard giggles from the students. My “L” had come out as a “D” and instead of saying “hair,” the class had heard “fart.” Hence, the importance of knowing where to place your tongue.
The Difference between English and Spanish
The L in English involves the tongue resting on the bottom of the top teeth. In Spanish, the tongue never leaves the mouth.
How to Perfect a Spanish L
Place the tip of your tongue right behind your top teeth – where the teeth meet the roof of your mouth. Try to cup your tongue so only the tip of it is actually touching. Then bring the tongue straight down – again, not letting it leave the mouth.
Practice Makes Perfect
Practice in a mirror to ensure you are doing it correctly. My Ecuadorian friend used to coach me “la, le, li, lo, lu” over and over again. Try it! It takes practice, but it will get you one step closer to sounding native!