How to pronounce ou
In spoken American English, the vowel combination ou has 4 sounds. Here are some examples of common words.
Listen to the 4 sounds of the letters ou
ou can be pronounced as /ow/ as in Rose.
ou can be pronounced as /ʌ/ as in Mustard.
ou can be pronounced as /aw/ as in Brown.
ou can be pronounced as /uw/ as in Blue
Here’s a sentence that contains all four sounds.
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/ɝ/ as in Purple
/ʌ/ as in Mustard
/ɑ/ as in Olive
/uw/ as in Blue
/ow/ as in Rose
I always make sure to provide my accent reduction coaching clients with a solid foundation of the American English vowel sounds.
Learn to pronounce the 15 American English vowel sounds
I teach you to pronounce the 15 American English vowel sounds in my iBook, American Accent Fundamentals.
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About the author
Susan Ryan is an American English communication and accent reduction coach.