Sound of L in Portuguese . O pôr do sol é sempre lindo no Rio.

Hello friends! How are you? In today’s Dica we are going to understand the Portuguese L and its different sounds.

Portuguese L sounds

When the letter L begins a word or a syllable, we pronounce it I’m the normal way. Let’s hear:

Lápis Pencil
Lembrar Remember
Lenço Handkerchief
Língua Tongue
Lagoa Lagoon
Leite Milk
Aluno Student
Aula Class

However, when the letter L is at the end of a syllable or a word, something very special happens. The sound of L in Portuguese changes into the same sound as the letter U. 

Sound of the final L

So, when the Portuguese L comes at the end of the word, its sound changes. When you have the letter L at the end of a syllable we change the sound of the L to the sound of the letter U. Our friend Moisés will explain further, don’t forget that you can activate the subtitles in English:

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You listened to some words in our video in which the letter L comes at the end of the syllable. Here they are:

Selma Selma
Silvia Silvia
Calma Calm
Papel Paper
Alma Soul
Réptil Reptile
Final Final
Azul Blue
Total Total
Sinal Sign

How to pronounce LH in Portuguese

There is another variation of the Portuguese L. When we put the letters LH together, the sound is a little bit different. Pay attention and try to repeat, it’s very common that some foreign students find this difficult to pronounce. Let’s listen:

Filho Son
Galho Branch
Caralho Dick / Wow
Mulher Woman
Falha Failure
Orelha Ear
Colher Spoon
Trabalho Work

Now we know the sound the Portuguese L. Can you pronounce all of them? Of course yes!

Exercise for the Portuguese L pronunciation

Here you have a list of 10 words with the Portuguese L, and below you have 3 examples with each type of L pronunciation. Connect the words, according to their correct pronunciation, compared to the example words underneath.

Connect the words with the examples.

1. Lembrar
2. Filho
3. Alma
4. Colher
5. Aula
6. Caralho
7. Lagoa
8. Papel
9. Total
10. Aluno


  1. Língua
  2. Calma
  3. Falha

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Exercise about Portuguese L pronunciation: answers

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