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    does boot has a long u sound?

    Dear teachers,

    Does "long u" sound come with two variations? I read from the phonics book that words such as "cube," "beautiful" have "long u" sound, which I understand perfectly. "Long u" sound has exactly the same sound as the letter name (u).

    What I don't understand is that words such as "boot" "blue" "juice" also are listed as having "long u" sound. Vowels in these words sound a bit different to my ears.

    Boot would be /bu:t/, while cube is /kju:b/. So both /u:/ and /ju:/ are "long u" sound?

    So, what's going on here?

    Thanks!
    Harriet
    Last edited by harriet_yang; 04-Sep-2015 at 08:15.

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    Re: does boot has a long u sound?

    What you have said is correct. What's going on is precisely what you've identified.
    Some people might argue that the /j/ is not part of the /u:/, so you'd expect the /u:/ component to sound the same, and it does.

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    Re: does boot has a long u sound?

    All the words you listed have a long "u" vowel sound for me.

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