Teaching Tips

Using Chopsticks to Distinguish /l/ and /n/

  • Marsha J. Chan (Sunburst Media and Mission College)


This Teaching Tip describes the difficulty that learners from southern and southwestern China may exhibit in distinguishing the /l/ and /n/ phonemes in English and provides instruction on how to teach students to improve the position of the tongue in the mouth with the help of a chopstick in order to articulate these sounds more successfully. An instructional video clip is included for use with learners.

How to Cite:

Chan, M. J. (2023). Using Chopsticks to Distinguish /l/ and /n/. In R. I. Thomson, T. M. Derwing, J. M. Levis, & K. Hiebert (Eds.), Proceedings of the 13th Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching Conference, ­­­­­­­­held June 2022 at Brock University, St. Catharines, ON.doi: https://doi.org/10.31274/psllt.16062

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Published on
15 Jul 2023
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