The Clear English Academy is open for enrollment! Click here to join!
Blog Lesson Library Join The Academy Testimonials GET THE FREE TRAINING Login

American English Vowel Sounds: /ʊ/, UU as in WOOD

In this lesson you will learn everything you need to know about pronouncing the /ʊ/, UU as in WOOD vowel sound in American English.

Here’s what we will cover:

1) Exactly how to move the mouth to make this sound
2) Minimal pair listening practice to help you differentiate the /ʊ/, UU as in WOOD vowel from the /u/, U as in BLUE
3) Imitation of this sound in words and sentences

CLARITY KICKSTART STUDENTS: Minimal pairs begin at 2:50 and end at 6:12

Practice words and sentences used in this lesson:

Could

I wish I could.

This could work.

Book

I love this book.

Did you book it?

Full

The course is full.

It was a really full day.

Woman

She’s an amazing woman.

What a woman!

Took

That took too long.

He took it well.

Sugar

It has a lot of sugar.

I’m trying to eat less sugar.


Continue your practice with this list of

50 Super Common UU, /ʊ/ as in WOOD Words

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

would

could

look

good

should

put

book

foot

pull

full

push

bush

wolf

wood

took

stood

hook

cook

bull

hood

crook

wool

shook

brook

nook

bookcase

jury

sugar

woman

football

cookbook

goodness

fury

cookie

wooden

during

cushion

bullet

butcher

pudding

understood

bulletin

overlook

booklet

bully

footage

fully

withstood

woolen

crooked


Grab the PDF of this practice list here:

Love these lessons? Get them delivered to your inbox!

Good news! There are more FREE pronunciation lessons coming you won't want to miss! Sign up here and I will send new lessons right to your inbox!

Close

50% Complete

Two Step

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua.