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Phonetics u



Session16 is another phonetics session. This time we are practicing the short /u/ sound and the long /u:/ sound.

First listen to the short /u/

look
wood
stood
cook
good
hood
foot
took
put
could
hook
full

The good cook stood in the wood.
Look, he put his foot on a book!
He took a good look and he could see a hook.
Could he put is food on the hook?
Or took a woman his good hood?
No, she put the book on his foot.
And now, have a good look!
The wood is full of crooked wood.
But why took the cook this book to the wood?
That's not understood.

And now listen to the long /u:/

you
blue
who
cool
school
soon
moon
pool
mood
too
poor
fool
boot

You are at school, and school is cool.

Too soon, you are too cool for school.
Fools in a good mood go to school.
They cool their boots in the pool.
Once in a blue moon, your mood is poor.
Soon the moon will fool you.
You see the moon when you feel blue, too.
Who is cool and in the pool?
It can only be a fool.

Now, let's compare both sounds:

pull -- pool
could -- cool
foot -- food
would -- who
look -- blue
full -- fool
took -- tool
butcher -- boot

Pull the fool out of the pool.
Could he cool his foot?
Put the book in the good room.
Two butchers have full pools.
Who took my good shoes?
A fool pulled the tool through the wool.
This is too good to be true.

Good. I hope you could understand me too.
Author: Torsten Daerr