Smoothly link from a word ending in /d/ into a word beginning with /l/ by using a technique called lateral aspiration. This allows the two sounds to merge.
To create a lateral aspiration, approach and stop the /d/ normally, but then, instead of releasing the entire tip of the tongue from the tooth ridge, produce an /l/ by releasing only the sides of the tongue. It can be thought of as stopping the air like /d/, but releasing it as /l/.
The International Phonetic Symbol (in narrow transcription) for /d/ without an audible release is [d̚ ]. The narrow transcription of the lateral aspiration is [d̚ l].
Practice linking /d+l/ using lateral aspiration:
1. good‿luck: Good‿luck on the test.
2. I'd‿love: I'd‿love to go with you.
3. had‿locked: She had‿locked the door.
4. seemed‿like: It seemed‿like it would work.
5. stayed‿late: Karen and Jim stayed‿late at the party.