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Vowel U /ʊ/ is a rounded, high lax back vowel, which means it is made with the tongue pulled back and high in the mouth. The lips are rounded for this vowel, but not as tightly engaged as they are for the /u/ vowel.
The most common error pattern for this vowel is to use a more tense, rounded "oo" /u/ in place of the lax /ʊ/. Listen to the following word pairs to help hear the difference between these two vowel sounds.
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