The /u:/ Sound | British English Pronuncation | Learn English

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In this video we are looking at the /u:/ vowel sound.
The /u:/ is called the close back rounded vowel and is found in words such as goose.
/gu:s/
Notice that the /u:/ sound has two dots after it. As you know, this means that the vowel sound is a long vowel sound. Think of the /u:/ as the longer version of the /ʊ/.
However, the length of the vowel sound /u:/ can be influenced by voiceless consonants that follow it.
For instance. In the word boot, the /u:/ sound is about half the length of the /u:/ sound in the word do.
/bu:t/ /du:/
This is because in the word boot the /u:/ sound is followed by the voiceless consonant /t/.
We call the /u:/ sound found in the word boot the reduced /u:/ sound.
Words where the /u:/ sound is followed by a voiceless consonant, and thus contain the reduced /u:/ sound, also include fruit, group, loose, use and juice.
/fru:t/ /gru:p/ /lu:s/ /ju:s /ʤu:s/
Words where the /u:/ sound is not followed by a voiceless consonant, and which thus contain the full /u:/ sound, include two, too, to, blue, food and groove.

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