How to pronounce ou

How to pronounce ou

How to pronounce ou

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.

  • 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

 

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