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Childrens words

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Cup

CUP-IMAGE
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Bucket

BUCKET_IMAGE
bʌkɪt (Not bʌket )
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Drum

DRUM_IMAGE
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Limerick

audio A young girl called Buttercup Rust
With a stunningly up-thrusting bust
Rendered masses of chaps
Quite apt to collapse
Overcome with ungovernable lust.

About this sound

Sound

"Cut up"

This is a short vowel. Sound
The mouth is held half open in a fixed position. The tongue is held flat and the tip is touching where the bottom teeth meet the gum inside the mouth. Resonance is at the back of the mouth.

Which words have the 'UP' sound?

  1. put
  2. drunk
  3. cute
  4. cut
  5. hut
  6. nut
  7. nuclear
  8. curse
  9. muscle
  10. nuisance
  11. pluck
  12. folk music

Common mistakes

There are lots of words where the letter 'o' is sounded as ʌ

Example words

letter 'u'

pronunciation, up, cup, drum, butter, but, fun, us, mud, hunt, funny, cup, lunch, run

'Some -o- words

other, cover, love, money, done, son, above, other, brother

'Some -oo- words

blood, flood,

other letters

Courage, rough (/f/), country, tough, young, flourish

practice - Click a native speaker's flag

Come up and see me, make me smile.
  1. please come and visit us on Sunday for lunch.
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  2. Sometimes in summer we get off the bus and run home to jump in the pool.
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  3. On Monday he had such trouble wrapping the bundle of papers.
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  4. He struck the drum so loudly that they came out to see what he had done.
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  5. You can come under the umbrella to keep dry.
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  6. They love to have fun playing in the mud.
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  7. My younger brother likes to act rough and tough.
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  8. His lunch was under the funny coloured cloth.
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  9. Cut some cloth from around the buttons, but don't cut too much
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  10. If you undo the strap it will be uncomfortable.
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