Pronunciation - The /u/ Sound
The /u/ sound scares a lot of ESL students. The /u/ sound has many different spellings. It can be found as ue, ui, ou, u_e, oo and of course u. To complicate matters, these different spellings have different pronunciations in many languages. We will go over each spelling and help you learn to pronounce the /u/ sound accurately and reduce your accent.
As many words use the /u/ sound, it is important to practice it often until your pronunciation is correct. When you have trouble with a given sound, focus on the one word that uses this sound that you can speak well. Repeat this sound and add other words with which you have trouble. Most importantly, speak slowly.