UH Sound
ʊ (put, foot)

English Pronunciation, Lesson 05

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The UH sound (IPA symbol: ʊ) can be found in words such as: 
put, full, sugar, foot, good, should.

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The letter U
Watch the following video from Rachel to learn how to pronounce this sound correctly:

(Note: in the video the term "soft palate" will be mentioned.
Soft palate means "the soft part at the back of the top of the mouth".)

Have you watched it? Good! Let's practice...

Say these words out loud (UH sound is bold):

1) put

2) full

3) pull

4) sugar

5) bush

6) book

7) cook

8) foot

9) good

10) look

11) could

12) should

13) would

14) cookie

15) wool

16) bull

17) cookbook

18) push

Now say these sentences out loud
(UH sound is bold):

1) Put the book on your foot.

2) I want to read the full book.

3) He will pull the bull.

4) To cook with sugar is not healthy.

5) He could push his car.

7) He would eat a cookie if he could.

8) You should look at this cookbook.

9) They said they would buy some wool.

10) The bull pushed the bush.

Have you finished them all? Cool!

Well done! You have completed the UH sound lesson.

Let's move on...

Your next lesson: Lesson 06, OO Sound (moon, blue)

List of Lessons

Lesson 01: International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA)

Lesson 02: Word Stress and Syllables

Lesson 03: Long E sound (meet, see)

Lesson 04: Short I Sound (sit, hit)

Lesson 05: UH Sound (put, foot)

Lesson 06: OO Sound (moon, blue)

Lesson 07: Short E sound (pen, bed)

Lesson 08: Schwa Sound (the, about)

Lesson 09: UR Sound (turn, learn)

Lesson 10: OH Sound (four, store)

Lesson 11: Short A Sound (cat, fat)

Lesson 12: UH Sound (but, luck)

Lesson 13: Soft A Sound (arm, father)

Lesson 14: Long O Sound (boat, know)

Lesson 15: Long A Sound (say, pain, make)

Lesson 16: Short O Sound (not, off, socks)

Lesson 17: Diphthong (a combination of two vowel sounds)

Lesson 18: P Sound (cup, punch, pull) and B sound (cub, bunch, bull)

Lesson 19: The Nasal Sounds (M, N, NG)

Lesson 20: F Sound (four, lift, graph, tough) and V Sound (love, knives, grave, vine)

Lesson 21: W Sound (wow, quit, where)

Lesson 22: R Sound (red, sorry, write)

Lesson 23: H Sound (he, behind, who)

Lesson 24: T Sound (top, it, later) and D Sound (do, had, made)

Lesson 25: S Sound (sit, box, cats) and Z Sound (zip, buzz, boys)

Lesson 26: K Sound (kid, talk, black) and G Sound (go, big, dog)

Lesson 27: L Sound: Light L & Dark L (tall, like, English)

Lesson 28: Y Consonant Sound (yes, you, beyond)

Lesson 29: CH Sound (China, century, watch) and J Sound (Germany, educate , judge)

Lesson 30: TH Consonant Sounds – voiced TH sound (the, father, them) and voiceless (unvoiced) TH sound (think, birthday, south)

Lesson 31: SH (shop, chef, special) and ZH (usual, massage, Asia)

Lesson 32: T and TT Sounds (true T sound, D sound, stop sound, silent T)

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