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    Post Help with pronunciation: Difference between 2 variations of the short u sound

    I really need to distinguish between the 2 variations of the short u sound (in the red box in the pic below, many dictionaries have instructions for pronunciation like this). I can understand the difference of the 2 short i sounds but impossible with the short u.


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    Re: Help with pronunciation: Difference between 2 variations of the short u sound

    They are very close:

    /ʊ/ is a bit shorter than /u/.

    The best way to hear the difference is to use a Phoneme Text to Speech Dictionary which can pronounce individual phoneme sounds.

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    Re: Help with pronunciation: Difference between 2 variations of the short u sound

    /ʊ/ is also less rounded than /u/.
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