Pronunciation Of Vowel “u“

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Pronunciation Of Vowel “u“


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 u=oo as in boo vowel.

This sound is a little different from all of the other vowel sounds.

Other vowel sounds have one mouth position, i=ee, for example. And it’s the position of the tongue, lips, and jaw that make the sound.

For this vowel, the movement into and out of the position is just as important as the position itself, ih-oo.

We’ll talk about that in a second. First, let’s feel the mouth position.

  • To make this sound, the back part of the tongue stretches up towards the soft palate.
  • The front part of the tongue remains down, lightly touching, or just behind, the bottom front teeth.
  • You can feel the lips around a lot.
  • We want to begin this sound with lips that are more relaxed to move into this tighter lip position.
  • Let’s take the word ‘do’ as an example.
  • The lip position doesn’t matter for the d sound.
  • The lips can start moving into the position for the next sound when making the d,
  • Like in the consonant cluster ‘drop=[dɹɑp]’.
  • Did you feel how lips were already forming the r when you made the d? Drop.
  • So what happens when we make the lip position for u=oo (round lip position, like mouth position for u=oo sound) as we make the d sound? Do=du, do=du.
  • But that’s not the right sound, do, du.
  • To make the right American u=oo sound, the lips have to start out, more relaxed, and then come into this tight circle.
  • This transition into position for the sound is just as important as the position itself.
  • Let’s feel up close and in slow motion.
  • Lips start in a bigger flare, more relaxed, before moving into the tighter circle.
  • Feel how much the corners of the lips come in for this sound.
  • Now let’s feel the word ‘do=[du]’.
  • Remember, we don’t want to start with the lips in a tight circle, but in a more relaxed position so they can move into the tight circle.
  • Then lips move from the flare into the tighter circle.
  • It might help to think of this sound as ih-oo,
  • Starting with a more relaxed lip position. Ih-oo.
  • In a stressed syllable, you have an up-down shape in the voice, oo, oo.
  • In an unstressed syllable, the pitch will be flatter and lower, and it will be quieter and quicker, oo, oo.
  • The u=oo vowel is unstressed in the word ‘visual=[‘vɪʒ u əl]’, oo.
  • Let’s take a look up close and in slow motion.
  • Often, unstressed vowels have a more relaxed lip position.
  • Notice that, for the u=oo vowel, the lips do still come into a tight circle.
  • The u=oo vowel stressed: do, u=oo
  • The u=oo vowel unstressed: visual=[‘vɪʒ u əl], u=oo


Example words.


Issue=[‘ɪʃ u], (unstressed)

Suit=[sut], (stressed)

Move=[muv], (stressed)

Influence=[‘ɪn flu əns],


Hope this Article section helps you understand this sound.


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