Latvian: atpakaļ

  • kmaro

    Senior Member
    The correct pronunciation of the word atpakal is with the softened "l" at the end.

    Atpakal means "back" (as return).


    Senior Member
    Latvian, Latvia
    This is rather strange, because I have heard "atpakal" with a perfectly hard "l" from native Latvian speakers. I have even heard it in songs.

    Not possible. Maybe Latvian ļ is somewhat different from Russian ль. But it is still strange because I thought that the Russian sound is harder than Latvian. Soft Latvian ļ is very easy to pronounce.