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    daniel_in_hk is offline Newbie
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    Default /ʌ/ and //

    trust /trʌst/
    truffle /ˈtrʌfl/
    travel /ˈtrvl/
    traffic /ˈtrfɪk/

    Hi everybody, I got some problem when i check with the pronunciation about the word "travel". As the vowel //, the sound should create in the front part of my mouth. However, when I listen the sound file in dictionary, it is most likely /trʌ/, because it sound create in the middle part of my mouth. So, I try to find out some word including /trʌ/ and /tr/, all of them come up with the same problem.
    Could any teacher teach me the correct way to pronounce the /ʌ/ and //? Thanks so much~~
    Last edited by Anglika; 15-Feb-2010 at 11:48.

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    Default Re: /ʌ/ and //

    Quote Originally Posted by daniel_in_hk View Post
    trust /trʌst/
    truffle /ˈtrʌfl/
    travel /ˈtrvl/
    traffic /ˈtrfɪk/

    Could any teacher teach me the correct way to pronounce the /ʌ/ and //? Thanks so much~~
    //:open your mouth like "" (maybe wider) and keep your tongue flat.

    /ʌ/ is pronunced as /er/ but you have to open your mouth as wide as //

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    Default Re: /ʌ/ and //

    I agree with hoandt




    in this picture shows you what your lips look like when you make these sounds

    for more information you can look at this :

    http://www.englishonline.org.cn/file...rt_black_0.swf


    I hope this can help you
    good luck


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    Default Re: /ʌ/ and //

    This problem had been discussed in another thread; I can't find it right now, but it was quite recent (last month, probably) and had a subject line very similar to this. In fact, I think it also mentioned the word 'trust' - so perhaps the same person asked.

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    Default Re: /ʌ/ and //

    Thanks all~

    Sorry i still have some problem. According to the link from Layo0ol and description from hoandt. i figure out that /ʌ/ and // are open mouth like "" but // need to put the tongue on the back of the lower teeth (i heard it from the link from Layo0ol), am i right?

    If yes, could you please listen the sound file of word "travel" from google dictionary or Merriam online, is it sound /ʌ/ or //?

    Thanks~~

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    you won't be confused anymore when you open your nose and mouth to pronounce //. you'll find out that the sound changes.

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