Languages › English as a Second Language English Pronunciation Exercises - U Sounding Vowels Share Flipboard Email Print Mint Images - Simon Potter/Getty Images English as a Second Language Pronunciation & Conversation Vocabulary Writing Skills Reading Comprehension Grammar Business English Resources for Teachers by Kenneth Beare Kenneth Beare has taught English and English as a second language teacher since 1983. Updated February 01, 2019 The following series of pronunciation exercises combines words beginning with the same consonant sound followed by similar vowel sounds. Voiced and voiceless consonants are paired (b - voiced / p - voiceless, d - voiced / t - voiceless, etc.) to help students compare and contrast similar consonant formation. Repeat each line slowly, listen for the minor differences between the vowel and consonant sounds.Repeat each line three times. Each time repeat more quickly trying to keep the sounds distinct.Find a partner and listen to each other repeat the lines.Try to invent sentences using each sound at least once. For example, The butcher put on his boots but he forgot his hat. Don't worry too much about the sentence making much sense! 'long uh' as in 'put' 'short uh' as in 'up' 'oo' as in 'shoe' butcher but boot put pup poof! duh duck do Tokay tough tooth good gulp Google cook cup cool soot supper suit Zeus Wazup? zoom shook shut shoot jut jump June churn Chuck choose hook hub who Sentences to Practice with Minimal U Sounds B - The butcher wanted to cook, but he forgot to wear the right boots. P - My teacher put the pup into the magic circle and it went poof! D - Duh! I shouldn't have let the duck do the dishes this evening. T - If you think the Tokay was OK, you'll find the Chardonnay tough on the tooth. G - Just gulp your beer, and you'll be good enough to Google the answers on the quiz. C - The wonderful cook cooled the cup of tomato soup before he served it. S - The man walked in and shook the soot off of his suit before he sat to supper. Z - Zeus said waz'up to Thor as he zoomed through the Greek heavens. SH - The boy wanted to shoot the kid who had shook him and told him to shut up. J - He jut his chin out and jumped into the air on a beautiful day in June. CH - Chuck told the students that they should choose carefully, and not churn through the mess. H - Jane's mom, who was the hub of gossip in town, hooked everyone into something. Vowel Sounds 'eh' - as in 'let', 'ih' - as in 'hit', 'ee' - as in 'see', and 'ae'- as in 'cat''long ah' - as in 'car', 'short ah' - as in 'got''long uh' - as in 'put', 'short uh' - as in 'up', 'oo' - as in 'through' Diphthong Sounds 'ay' - as in 'day', 'ai' - as in 'sky''ou' - as in 'home', 'ow' - as in 'mouse', 'oi' - as in 'boy''ieh(r)' - as in 'near', 'ehi(r)' - as in 'hair' Continue Reading ESL Pronunciation Exercises Know the Difference Between Voiced and Voiceless Consonants Understanding English Pronunciation Concepts Follow These Tips to Improve Your English Pronunciation Do You Know the Rules for Vowel Sounds? Voila! How to Fake a French Accent When Speaking English Understanding Consonant Sounds and Letters in English The 44 Sounds in the English Language for Spelling and Reading An Introduction to Latin Pronunciation How Do You Mark and Scan a Line of Latin Poetry? Do You Know How to Stress Syllables in English? Discover Titillating Types of Sound Effects in Language Learn About Consonant Clusters and See How They Apply in English What Are Diphthongs in Grammar? What Is Phonetics? What Are Vowels and Vowel Sounds in English?