Sounds of letter U exercises

The sounds that the vowel U has at the beginning of the word and in stressed syllables.

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The letter u can give several different long and short sounds: /juː/, /ʊ/, /ɜː/, /jʊə/, /ʊə/, /ʌ/, /ɪ/. To make it easier for you to read English words, including unfamiliar ones, it is worth remembering the characteristic combinations of letters (patterns) and the corresponding vowel sound. The exercises on this page will help you learn to recognize and pronounce them correctly.