I there any way to recognize if word contains "lh" or just "l" when hearing it ? For me is sounds the same.
No..... they are very different. "L" in portuguese is the same as it is in other languages, with your tongue up. But,if it comes at the end of the word or syllable, it sounds like "u". So, mal and mau have the same pronunciation. So, in such case you have to know how the sentence is written in order to know if you are gonna use l or you. But the sound "lh" we dont have in english. Its somehow like the way people read "LL" in Spanish (not too sure bout this). If you find it difficult to pronounce, the closest sound is LI. It is not gonna be the same, but people will understand you. Its a bit like the way we say "billion" in english, but not the same. Hope that helps...
no LL is spoken as SH in Argentina, to me the Portuguese LH just sounds like LI everywhere else. Exactly like the billion example.
" Its somehow like the way people read "LL" in Argentina (not too sure bout this)." I was correcting that sentence. the LL in Argentina sounds like SH, but the LH in Portuguese doesn't sound like SH.
really sorry.. i havent noticed that... fixed!! thx!!