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How to pronounce the vowel sound of BOOT in English

Two soup spoons. Food, boot, flute, shoot, ...
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1 - Childrens words

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Boots

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Flute

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Food

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2 - About this sound

Sound

Example words

zoo, do, soup, through, knew, shoe, flute, glue, fruit, food, to, group, grew, rule, cruel, suit, spoon, you, flew, boot, moon, bruise, room

Notes:

I have noticed that some of these words have a contracted form using Sound 'Room' 'Broom' have a contracted form but 'Boot' does not seem to have. The preceeding consonant sound seems to determine this. LW

Sound Spelling: oo, o, ou, ough, ew,ui This is a long vowel. The lips are forward but flattish (as if to whistle), and there is a slight opening between them. The tongue is slightly raised from the floor of the mouth at the front and lifted slightly above the top edge of the bottom front teeth. The tongue is bunched in towards the midline. The sound resonates from the back and travels around the tongue towards the front.

-ew-

The -ew- combination is usually pronounced

Sound Sound
  1. few
  2. jewellery
  3. chew
  4. new
  5. knew
  6. hugh
  7. you

Limerick

A foodie called Judy MacBruce
Found a use for the juice from a goose.
She took a good look
At a cookery book
And produced a quite beautiful goose mousse.

Limerick

A foolish group tutor called Jude
When rebuked for being stupidly rude
Said "I could - p'r'aps I should -
Be fulsomely good
But I'd sooner be brutishly crude".

A railroad official at Crewe
Met an engine one day that he knew.
Though he nodded and bowed
The engine was proud,
and it cut him - it cut him in two!

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  1. If Stu chews his shoes should Stu choose the shoes he chews
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  2. Who first flew to the moon?
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  3. How do you do?
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  4. Sue's new boots and shoes.
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  5. You blew your flute in your room?
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  6. He threw the glue through the hoop.
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  7. Who used my two soup spoons?
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  8. Shoot the groom who spilt fruit juice on his suit.
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  9. The mules stable was not hoof proof!
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  10. It is true that the crew we knew flew to Cuba.
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  11. The two foolish rules were cruel. audio Listen to a native speaker. audio Listen to a native speaker. audio Listen to a native speaker. audio Listen to a native speaker.
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