- "u" - mute, humid
- "ui" – juice, fruit
- "oo" - spoon, food
- “ou” – group, you
- “ue” – blue, true
- "ew" - few, pewter
- “o” – who, move
- "eu" - neutral, feud
- "oe" (not common) - shoe, canoe
- Words with invisible /y/:
These are both high, back vowels. However, /uw/ is a tense vowel and /ʊ/ is a lax vowel. To pronounce /uw/, your tongue must be tense (tight).
You can hear the difference between /uw/ and /ʊ/ in these words.
2. A. duel, B. dull
3. A. suit, B. soot
4. A. nuke, B. nook
5. A. wooed, B. would
6. A. pooling, B. pulling
Now, compare /uw/ and /ow/:
These are both back, tense vowels. However, /uw/ is a high vowel and /ow/ is a mid vowel.
You can hear the difference between /uw/ and /ow/ in these words.
2. A. hoop, B. hope
3. A. pool, B. pole
4. A. lose, B. lows
5. A. tune, B. tone
6. A. ruler, B. roller
I have an interview for a new job on Tuesday.
2. blueberries – fruit – juice
We need blueberries for the fruit juice.
3. beautiful - truly - unique
Your art is beautiful and truly unique.
4. confused – rules – amusement
I’m confused by the rules at the amusement park.
5. blue – shoes – cute
Those blue shoes are really cute.
6. June – too – humid
The weather in June is too humid.
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