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    #1

    ʊ, ɒ and ʌ sounds

    Hello, it's me again. Please check my pronunciation of these sounds:

    ʊ [put, look, took, could]
    https://vocaroo.com/i/s0gWN65ame5M

    ʌ[rub, rug, much, nut]
    https://vocaroo.com/i/s1h2J2WBmkZl

    ɒ[hot, dog, got, shop]
    https://vocaroo.com/i/s1G7oO3w14Xr

    Note:
    I take for a sample RP BrE.

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    #2

    Re: ʊ, ɒ and ʌ sounds

    Quote Originally Posted by Leeearn View Post
    I'm following take for a sample from RP BrE.
    Great effort, but here are some comments:
    "put" ... should be very slightly shorter.
    "nut" ... sounds a tiny bit like "not".
    "got" .. sounds a little bit like "god".

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    #3

    Re: ʊ, ɒ and ʌ sounds

    Thank you. But I can't hear the difference between nut and not. I've listened the pronounce of these words on forvo.com a lot. American say nut and not the same. British doesn't

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    #4

    Re: ʊ, ɒ and ʌ sounds

    Quote Originally Posted by Leeearn View Post
    I've listened to the pronunciation pronounce of these words on forvo.com a lot.
    Americans/
    American speakers/
    Speakers of American English (AmE)

    say "nut" and "not" the same.

    British speakers/
    British people/
    Speakers of British English (BrE)

    don't.

    doesn't
    Try listening to the British pronunciation, then. There's a clear difference. The /ʌ/ sound is not that hard to learn. Try practicing words like "up", "us", "utter", "hug".

    Start by carefully listening to the BrE pronunciation of "up" in the link below.

    http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/up

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    #5

    Re: ʊ, ɒ and ʌ sounds

    Nut and not are pronounced differently in American English. The difference is easily discernable to American English-trained ears.
    I am not a teacher.

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