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June 30, 2005



"decal" - with an L

Americans pronounce it DEE-cahl. That makes me giggle whenever I fly to the United States and they check for the presence of a customs decal.

Canadians say DEKL so just say "deck" and then flap your tongue up behind your teeth as you finish the word.

Or you can just say "sticker" but that's probably not any easier.



Thank your for a quick advice about the pronunciation of "L." The phonetic difference between L and R is extremely difficult for us Japanese people because we have only one pronunciation between L and R.

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