How to pronounce au

How to pronounce au

How to pronounce au

How to pronounce au

The people who come to me for accent reduction coaching often mispronounce the sound of au.

They pronounce au with an /aʷ/ as in Brown sound.

North Americans usually pronounce au with an /ɑ/ as in Olive sound.


Here are four examples of words with au. Listen to hear how I pronounce these with an /ɑ/ as in Olive sound.

  1. author
  2. audit
  3. audio
  4. taught

Listen here


Could you hear my nice clear /ɑ/ as in Olive sound?

A very common vowel sound

The /ɑ/ as in Olive is a very common vowel sound in North America. Other common words with this sound include:

  1. broad
  2. father
  3. colleagues
  4. large

Understanding the 15 American vowel sounds

In order to speak American English correctly, you need to understand when to use each of the 15 American English vowel sounds.

Spelling will not always be your best guide. You need training in listening for the correct sound.

Once you can hear and identify each sound, you’ll be able to use it correctly in words.

I can show you how

If you’re an international professional, who’d like to learn how to pronounce the 15 American vowel sounds, check out the free trial lessons in American accent training programs for Indians and IT Professionals.

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About the author

Susan Ryan is the author of the ConfidentVoice blog and an American English communication and accent reduction coach.