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    The long u sound

    Hi teachers,

    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?


    Thanks.

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    Re: The long u sound

    Quote Originally Posted by blouen View Post
    Hi teachers,

    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?


    Thanks.
    mute: long u
    wood: short u

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    Re: The long u sound

    Quote Originally Posted by mara_ce View Post
    mute: long u
    wood: short u
    Sorry, but I don't think any of them has got the short u sound.

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    Re: The long u sound

    Quote Originally Posted by blouen View Post
    Sorry, but I don't think any of them has got the short u sound.

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    A 'short u' is the sound in wood, should, could, put, good, that is /ʊ/.
    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'.

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    Re: The long u sound

    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.

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    Re: The long u sound

    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,...

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    Re: The long u sound

    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.

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    #8

    Re: The long u sound

    Isn't there any difference between the sound in "would" and "wood"?


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    Re: The long u sound

    Quote Originally Posted by blouen View Post
    Isn't there any difference between the sound in "would" and "wood"?
    Not in general, they are pronounced the same - IPA /wʊd/

    However, 'would' is found unstressed a lot in sentences, in which case it is pronounced /wəd/. However, this is only due to the speed at which it is spoken in fluent, connected speech.

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    #10

    Re: The long u sound

    I see.

    What then is the difference between the short "u" sound and "oo" sound?

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