Pronunciation Of Vowel “ʊ“

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Pronunciation Of Vowel “ʊ“


Understanding of Pronunciation of Vowel, Pronunciation of Consonants & Pronunciation of Diphthong is very important for being healthy in English, especially in English Speaking. Wrong pronunciation can change the meaning of a sentence or situation for which the particular word is used. Generally, beginner of any language crams Vocabulary but without clear and right pronunciation or wrong pronunciation, meaning or sense of the sentence can differ for other people. That’s why pronunciation plays a major role in language learning.

In this American English pronunciation Article section, we’re going to learn how to pronounce the ʊ=uh as in the ‘push’ vowel.

Let’s understand the mouth position for this vowel.

  • To make this sound, the corners of the lips come in a little so the lips flare away from the face, ʊ=uh.
  • The back of the tongue lifts towards the back of the roof of the mouth.
  • The front of the tongue remains down, but it might be pulled slightly back,
  • So it’s not quite touching the back of the bottom front teeth.
  • Let’s feel this sound up close and in slow motion.
  • The lips flare and the tongue inside the mouth is a little darker than on other vowels because the tongue is pulled back.
  • Here’s the word ‘took=[tʊk]’.
  • The corners of the mouth come in to flare the lips. ‘took=[tʊk]’
  • The back of the tongue lifts, and the front pulls back a little. ‘took=[tʊk]’
  • In a stressed syllable, the vowel curves up then down. Took, ʊ=uh.
  • In an unstressed syllable, it’s lower and flatter in pitch, as well as quieter and quicker.
  • The vowel is unstressed in the word ‘good-bye=[gʌd’bai]’, ʊ=uh, ʊ=uh.
  • Let’s feel this word up close and in slow motion.
  • Again, the lips flare and the tongue lifts in the back, pulling back the front of the tongue.
  • Let’s compare the stressed version ‘took=[tʊk]’ with the unstressed version ‘good-bye=[gʌd’bai]’.
  • Notice the lips flare a little less for the unstressed vowel, hiding the bottom teeth.
  • Generally, the unstressed version of a vowel or diphthong is more relaxed and doesn’t take the full mouth position,
  • In this case, a little less lip flare, and possibly less jaw drop.
  • This is because unstressed syllables are shorter, so we don’t take the time to make the full mouth position.
  • The stressed ʊ=uh: took, ʊ=uh
  • The unstressed: good-bye, ʊ=uh


Example words.




Sugar=[‘ʃʊg əɹ],

Childhood=[‘tʃaɪld hʊd],

Woman=[‘wʊm ən].

I hope this article section helps you understand this sound.


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