How to pronounce ou

How to pronounce ou

How to pronounce ou

How to pronounce ou

I always make sure to provide my accent reduction coaching clients 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!

5 vowel letters = 15 vowel sounds

Most people are unaware that the letters, a, e, i, o & u actually make 15 different sounds.

How to pronounce the letters ou

For example, the vowel combination ou has more than 3 sounds in American English.

Listen to 3 sounds for the letters ou

 

ou can be pronounced as /ow/ as in Rose.

  • shoulder
  • soul
  • though
  • doughnut
  • although

ou can be pronounced as /ʌ/ as in Mustard.

  • cousin
  • enough
  • country
  • tough
  • couple

ou can be pronounced as /aw/ as in Brown.

  • loud
  • sound
  • south
  • found
  • house

ou can be pronounced as /uw/ as in Blue

  • through

Here’s a sentence that contains all four sounds.

English is a difficult language: it can be understood through tough thorough thought, though.

/ɝ/ as in Purple

  • thorough

/ʌ/ as in Mustard

  • tough

/ɑ/ as in Olive

  • thought

/uw/ as in Blue

  • through

/ow/ as in Rose

  • though

Listen here

 

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.

American Accent Fundamentals - Susan M. Ryan

The first chapter is a FREE download,  so if you’re an iPad user, check it out.

About the author

Susan Ryan is an American English communication and accent reduction coach.