IPA phoneme /uː/

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goose /guːs/

In English, both in Received Pronunciation and in General American, the IPA phonetic symbol /uː/ corresponds to the vowel sound in words like "goose", "moon", "do" and "June".

The actual sound may be [uː], [uw] or [ʉw]. See IPA phonetic symbol [w].

Common words[edit]

Some common words which practice this pronunciation include the following:

  • with "ew": blew - brew - chew - crew - drew - screw - threw
  • with "o": approve - improve - lose - move - movie - prove - remove - shoe - tomb - whose - womb
final "o": do - two - who
strong forms and before vowels: into - onto - to
  • with "oo": boot - Cameroon - choose - cool - food - fool - Liverpool - loose - moon - pool - root - school - shampoo - shoot - soon - stool - tool - tooth - troop - zoo
  • with "ou": group - soup - through - you - youth

juː

cute /kjuːt/

  • with "u": flu - include - June - Peru - rule - truth
  • with "ue": blue - glue - sue - true
  • with "ui": bruise - cruise - fruit - juice - lawsuit - suit - suitable - suitcase
  • homophones: blew/blue - chews/choose - flew/flu - threw/through - too/two.

In many words /uː/ is preceded by /j/ as in you, music or few. See IPA phonetic sequence /juː/.

Uncommon words[edit]

Stress marks added to facilitate pronunciation.

  • with "u": gnu - ˈguru - ˈhaiku - ˈtofu
  • with "ou": aˈcoustic - ˈcaribou - rouˈlette - rouˈtine - wound (injury)
  • with "oo": bamˈboo - boo - ˈcuckoo /ˈkʊkuː/ - ˈigloo - kangaˈroo - moo - shoo - taˈboo - tatˈtoo - too - ˈvoodoo - ˈWaterloo or Waterˈloo

These words don't rhyme[edit]

  • do - go; food - good - blood; lose - nose; move - drove - love; new - sew /səʊ/; tomb - bomb; youth - mouth;

Anticipated pronunciation difficulties depending on L1[edit]

Preconceived ideas and other interferences from L1 obviously interfere in many cases with how students perceive - and pronounce - sounds/words in English. The following sections aims to point out some of the most typical difficulties teachers and students may encounter regarding pronunciation.

Spanish[edit]

See Pronunciation exercises: /uː/ vs /ʊ/#Spanish.

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