> Well, I've been trying for many years to make a
> difference in pronunciation between Russian hard L and
> soft L, and I think I will soon give up. Not only
> can't I pronounce them differently, but I cannot HEAR
> the difference between them, although it has been
> explained to me a lot of times !

Wow. The non-palatalized /l/ is [5], a world of difference from [l_j].
No wonder pronouncing it as [l] immediately betrays you :)

Pavel Iosad               [log in to unmask]

Nid byd, byd heb wybodaeth
                 --Welsh saying