Got a quick question about the long u sound.
Is it the sound in "mute" or in "wood"? If it's in one of these, what do you call the sound of the other?
A 'long u' is /u:/
Perhaps you are referring to the /ʌ/ as in but, flood, mud, cut? This is a different sound altogether, even though it's often spelt with a 'u'.
/ʌ/ is sometimes called a 'hat'. Technically the symbol is called a 'turned v'.
In addition, the /u:/ in 'mute' is preceded by a glide. There is a fairly obscure word 'moot', pronounced /mu:t/; but 'mute' - while indeed having a 'long' u - isn't pronounced like that.
As far as I know,the "u" in mute is the same "u" as in new. (mju:t,nju:)
Maybe "soon" (su:n) is a better example.
Use short u (ʊ) as Raymott puts it ; good, took, book,...
But in another thread I caused a lot of confusion by using /j/ ('Surelly there's no j in [whatever we were discussing]'') So I just called it 'a glide'. But you're right.
Isn't there any difference between the sound in "would" and "wood"?
What then is the difference between the short "u" sound and "oo" sound?