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Vowels: other u sound /ʊ/

Listen to the other u sound

ESL/ELL/EFL other u sound pronunciation

other u sound illustration

How to pronounce the other u sound

To create the other u sound, the back of the tongue is raised to a mid-high position. The sides of the tongue may touch the top teeth toward the back of the mouth. The jaw is slightly closed and the lips are pulled into a loose circle.


Common other u spellings

spelling example   other pronunciations for spelling
oo good
look
book


oo sound (soon)
-u- (CVC)[1] put
full
sugar


short u (just)
-ure[2] pure
cure
insure


schwa+r (nature)

[1] u spelling followed by the letter r
When the consonant following the letter u is the letter r (as in the words blur and fur), the sound is usually pronounced as the schwa+r instead of the other u sound followed by the r sound.

[2] ure spelling
The ure spelling is only common when it occurs are the end of a word on a stressed syllable. On an unstressed syllable, the schwa+r pronunciation is more common (as in the words closure and adventure).


The other u sound in suffixes

none

Non-phonetic other u words

The other u sound is underlined in the following words:
could
should
would
woman





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