PinYin Initial - l

How to pronounce l in Mandarin Chinese Pinyin

  • Open your mouth slightly.
  • Put the tip of your tongue against the middle of the upper gum.
  • When pronouncing, the tip of the tongue falls forward and downward, the vocal cords vibrate, and the air flow comes out from both sides of the tongue.

Similar English Phoneme: Like "l" in "cola" and "leg".


The pronunciation of an initial consonant is very short.
Actually, what you hear is a spelled pronunciation, just as shown below:

Refer to: Finals table to see how to pronounce "e", and PinYin Spelling to see how to spell "pinyin".