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English Pronunciation News: Shaquille O'Neal Retires

Watch the video and read the news for 6/2/2011. This news report focuses on L sounds. Learn the news and study American English pronunciation of the letter L. Read other English pronunciation news reports.

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Shaquille O'Neal has announced his retirement from the NBA. He says he would have loved to continue for another season, but his damaged Achilles will not allow him to do so. What seemed a routine calf and Achilles injury never fully healed from February through the playoffs. Being 7'1" and 325 pounds, Shaquille O'Neal had automatically joined the league of those who win the genetic lottery, but he was also quick and nimble from his early days. He started with the fledgling team, Orlando Magic, but eventually bolted for the Los Angeles Lakers.

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love (LUV)
touch the tongue in a moderate way for a first letter L
"would have loved"--very much wanted
league (LEEG)
touch the tongue moderately
an association, a group of people
lottery (LO-dery)
touch the tongue moderately
a gambling game or a happening that appears to be by chance
Los Angeles (los AN-jel-is)
touch the tongue moderately
L.A.--city in California
Shaquille O'Neal (shu-KEEL oh-NEEL)
can tighten your throat and not use your tongue on a final L sound--or touch your tongue very lightly
a famous basketball player
Achilles (uh-KI-eles)
use a light L sound on final letter
"Achilles tendon"--the tendon behind your foot, above your heal; this is a common sports injury
allow (uh-LOW)
use a light L sound on final letter
to let, to give permission
calf (CAF)
L is silent
the back of a person's leg below the knee (the same word is used for the baby cow)
healed (HEELD)
do pronounce "d" after L, be careful to pronounce both sounds
became better
automatically (ah-do-MA-ti-klee)
"-cally" suffix often reduces to "klee" in pronunciation
occuring without effort or intention
eventually (ee-VEN-chul-lee
in "eventually," "tu" reduces to "ch" from common use
finally, after some time

Also note:

"fledgling" means young--it means "a young bird," but is sometimes used to describe anything that is young

"nimble" means able to move easily--this word is also a good one for practicing a final L

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