I listened a podcast about the pronunciation of a Chinese with words ending by "-le". And I found that I have the same problem (I'm Vietnamese).
We pronounce words ending by "-le", "-al",.. with the sound "o". For example: people --->peopo, circle--> circo, hospital--> hospito, chemical-->chemi_co, international--->internation_no
Why I think I pronounced 'people' as 'peopo" like the Chinese in the podcast? Because I really can't distinguish the pronunciation of two words 'people' and 'peopo", neither do my Vietnamese friends.
I have two questions:
- The word "people" is pronounced /ˈpiːp(ə)l/ I don't here the sound /l/ at the end of the word. I wonder whether the sound /l/ is not pronounced or it is really pronounced but I can't hear this sound?
- When I say just the word "people" without a context, and pronounce "peopo", a native English speaker can understand I want to say "people"? I have this question because for me, the difference is very very slightly.