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English Pronunciation

Vowels: oo sound /u/

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ESL/ELL/EFL oo sound pronunciation

oo sound illustration

How to pronounce the oo sound

To create the oo sound, the lips are pulled into a tense, small circle. In addition, the back of the tongue is raised to a high position and sides of the tongue may touch the top teeth at the back of the mouth.


Common oo sound spellings

spelling example   other pronunciations for spelling
oo soon
food
school


other u (good)
u_e (VCe) rude
intrude
salute


long u (cute)
ue[1] clue
true
glue



long u (fuel)
ew drew
chew
flew



long u (few)

[1] ue spelling
The -ue spelling is silent when it occurs at the end of a word and follows the letters g, ng, or q (examples include the words fatigue, tongue, and unique). An exception is the word argue, which ends in a long u sound.


The oo sound sound in suffixes

none

Non-phonetic oo sound words

The oo sound is underlined in the following words:
through
two
who
do
move
fruit
shoe
movie









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