long o/ow sound
The long o and ow sound can be difficult to distinguish between because both sounds are two-sound vowels that end in a slight w sound. The difference between the sounds occurs only at the beginning.
Compare the long o and ow sound
long o/ow sound illustration
The ow sound begins with the jaw semi-open and the center of the tongue pushed low between the bottom teeth. In contrast, the long o sound begins with the jaw in a neutral position and the tongue raised slightly higher.
Both sounds end in a slight w sound so the jaw must close (moreso for the ow sound, since it was more open to begin with) at the same time as the lips close into a small circle.
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