Oct 20, 2021 - 12:12 PM
I think this is just about the most difficult sound for non-Italian speakers to reproduce because there doesn't seem to be an exact equivalent in any other language (at least, none that I'm aware of). The way I've wrapped my tongue around this sound is as follows: An English "L" sound is produced with the tongue right behind the upper teeth. The "gli" sound works a bit differently. Starting my tongue further back on the roof of the mouth, I make an "L" sound, then as I slide the tongue forward, I say "yee." This, I think, is why you are hearing both an "L" sound and a "yee" sound ... since they both are present.