Pronunciation Of Vowel “ʌ“
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 ʌ=uh as in butter vowel.
Let’s understand the mouth position for this vowel.
- This is a very relaxed sound. You can feel, ʌ=uh,
- The jaw drops but the rest of the mouth remains very neutral, ʌ=uh.
- The tongue is relaxed: the back presses down just a little bit, and the tip is forward. ʌ=uh.
- Keep your face really relaxed.
- Let’s feel this sound up close and in slow motion.
- A very relaxed jaw drop with relaxed lips.
- The tongue presses down just a bit in the back.
- Here’s the word ‘stuff=[stʌf]’.
- Again, everything looks nice and relaxed. The tongue presses down just a bit in the back.
- In a stressed syllable, the vowel curves up then down. Stuff, ʌ=uh.
- In an unstressed syllable, it’s lower and flatter in pitch, and a little quieter and quicker, ʌ=uh, ʌ=uh.
- The vowel is unstressed in the word ‘undo=[ʌn’du]’, ʌ=uh.
- Let’s feel this word up close and in slow motion. ‘undo=[ʌn’du]’
- Easy jaw drop. Lips and cheeks remain very relaxed. ‘undo=[ʌn’du]’
- Tongue presses down slightly in the back. ‘undo=[ʌn’du]’
- Compare the stressed vowel above ‘stuff=[stʌf]’ with the unstressed vowel below ‘undo=[ʌn’du]’.
- Notice the jaw may drop a bit more for a stressed syllable.
- This is typical.
- Unstressed vowels and diphthongs are shorter, so there isn’t as much time to make the full mouth position.
- The ʌ=uh vowel stressed: stuff, ʌ=uh
- The ʌ=uh vowel, unstressed: undo, ʌ=uh
Hope this Article section helps you understand this sound.
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