how should i pronounce L.A. in normal speech?

el lay


el ay

or something else

does the L spill over to the A?

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    More technically, for any answerers, is there a glottal stop after the 'l' or not?
    – Mitch
    Sep 8, 2016 at 13:45

2 Answers 2


el-ay or


Never el-lay.


In "normal" speech you would, with all probability, say either "elay" "el ay".

In normal discourse you do not often make a distinction between words, so the sounds of two different words (letters in this case) seem to meld together and form "one word". Or you could have a glottal stop between words/sounds as Mitch pointed out in the comments.


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