Monday, January 4, 2010

Sound of the week: /u/

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/u/  This is a short, close, back, rounded vowel.
"Close" means that the tongue is positioned as close as possible to the roof of the mouth without creating a constriction that would be classified as a consonant.
"Back" means that the tongue is positioned as back as possible in the mouth without creating a constriction that would be classified as a consonant.
"Rounded" means that the lips are protruded: the corners of the lips are drawn together, and the inner surfaces exposed.
Foot /fut/
Put /put/
Good /gud/
Butcher /'butʃƏ/
Book /buk/
Hood /hud/
Wood /wud/
Watch the video and practise this vowel here (no comments about the woman's hairstyle, please!).
You can also do exercises about similar sounds /u/-/u:/




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