How to pronounce ou
When I work with my accent reduction coaching clients, I always make sure to provide them with a solid foundation of the American English vowel sounds.
Vowel LETTERS vs vowel SOUNDS
Note that I emphasized vowel SOUNDS! This is an important distinction! ✔
Most people (native & non-native speakers) are unaware that the 5 vowel letters, a, e, i, o & u actually make 15 different sounds.
Once my accent reduction clients learn which vowel sounds to use, they’re able to clear up many of their pronunciation challenges.
How to pronounce the letters ou
For example, the vowel combination ou has 3 sounds in American English.
/ow/ as in ROSE
/ʌ/ as in MUSTARD
/aw/ as in BROWN
Listen to the 3 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.
Learn to pronounce the 15 American English vowel sounds
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