Today in the Fun Easy English classroom you are going to learn to pronounce the sound u as in
the words fun,
does. Remember "practice makes perfect" if
you want to improve your English speaking ability.
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Pronounce the sound u as in
the words fun,
does. Watch the following pronunciation
videos and learn to pronounce this sound correctly.
American English Pronunciation Lesson 11
Note: the red
letters all have the same sound
Voiced and Unvoiced
This is a VOICED sound which means Your Vocal Cords DO
vibrate when making this sound.
LISTEN to your Vocal Cords vibrating if you cover
your ears with your hands.
Try covering your ears with your hands as Akiko is doing in
Now make the sound of this lesson. Can you listen to your vocal cords vibrating?
FEEL your Vocal Cords vibrating if
you place your hands on your neck.
Try placing your hands on your neck as Akiko is doing in the
Now make the sound of this lesson. Can you feel your vocal
The following diagram shows the most important parts of your
head and mouth used for pronouncing the sounds of English.
It also shows the location of your Vocal Cords.
Position: Mouth, lips,
The following descriptions explain the proper mouth, lips,
and tongue position when you make this sound.
mouth should be relaxed.
Your lips should be unrounded.
The middle part of your tongue should be in the center part of your
Listen to the video and practice repeating each word.
Pronunciation practice words
Look at your mouth in a mirror and practice pronouncing
the following words. Make sure your mouth, lips, and
tongue are in their proper positions.
Note: the red letters all
have the same sound (watch the video above)
Test: Pronunciation word test
Choose the correct letter or
letters to complete each of the following words.
Note: the letter
or letters needed to complete each word all have the
Really Difficult Sound
This sound pretty much comes from your stomach. This
"uh" sound is often mispronounced by international
students learning English. For example:
Saying Fan instead of Fun.
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