Monday, 28 January 2013

PHONETICS: /ʌ/

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In British English, the phonetic symbol /ʌ/ corresponds to the monophthong vowel sound in words like "nut" and "bus". It is called a short vowel. 



Some common words which practice the pronunciation of /ʌ/ include the following:
  • with "u": bun - bus - but - butter - cut - fun - gun - London - luck - run - lunch - summer - sun - Sunday - thunder - truck - tunnel - under - up - us;
  • with "o": another - brother - come - company - cover - done - does - front - love - lover - Monday - money - mother - once - other - stomach - wonder;
  • with "oo": blood - flood;
  • with "ou": country - couple - cousin - double - trouble;
  • with "ough": enough - rough - tough;
  • homophones: one/won - some/sum - son/sun

While /ʌ/ is very similar the Spanish letter "a", it is in fact somewhat shorter and many Spanish speakers have difficulty distinguishing between "hungry" and "angry". Another difficulty is remembering that there are many common words with the letter "o" pronounced /ʌ/. 

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