ŭ / ʌ – umbrella

  • Name: ‘short u’. Voiced. This sound is made with your vocal cords.
  • This is one of the most common sounds in the English language.
  • Start by dropping your jaw a little to open your mouth.
  • This mouth position is similar to the /ŏ/ sound, but the jaw does not open as much.
  • Your tongue is relaxed. The tip of your tongue lightly touches the back of your lower front teeth.
  • The rest of your mouth is relaxed when making this sound.
  • See photos showing the differences between the /ă/, /ĕ/, /ĭ/, /ŏ/, and /ŭ/ sounds.