The sound (‘ʊ‘) (near-close back rounded vowel) is one of the the most common vowel sounds in the English language. It is the vowel sound in words such as ‘could’, ‘push’ and ‘pull’.
Some words (such as ‘too‘, ‘boo‘ and ‘root‘) are pronounced as they look with a drawn out ‘oo‘ sound. However, there are some words that have a double ‘o‘ that are pronounced with this ‘ʊ‘ sound instead (such as ‘book’, ‘took’ and ‘look’).
This is a common problem with some learners of eastern European languages (as well as other areas). Let’s practise these tongue-twisters to help improve this area.
1. He too, took two looks.
2. The cookbook recommended bamboo shoots.
3. The bloody boots were looted.
4. The good groom flooded the room.
5. The football hooligans looked gloomy.
6. Oops, look it’s already noon.
7. She cooked the soot covered roots.
8. He stood on a spoon and looked at the moon.
9. The cool wood was good food.
10. The woodpeckers at the zoo used wool for their room.