Many of my accent reduction coaching clients get confused about how to pronounce the letter O in American English.
And it’s no wonder!!!
The O has at least five different sounds in spoken English. Here are a few examples:
/ow/ as in rose
/ɑ/ as in olive
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/ʌ/ as in mustard
/uw/ as in blue
/er/ as in purple
I use The Color Vowel Chart to teach the 15 American English vowel sounds to my clients.
Just for fun, I’ve added four of the sounds of the letter O to this info-graphic. Click on the info-graphic to enlarge it in a new frame.
Th letter O is a tricky vowel to master, but you can learn to pronounce the sounds of O and the other 14 American English vowel sounds in my iBook, American Accent Fundamentals.
To read related TIPS on American English vowel sounds click on a link below.