[u] is so beautiful

Aug 29, 2021

What do you think?? How bad is mispronouncing English words?

Here's a quick tip on how to pronounce the letter 'U' in English.

This is especially important for Dutch students because in Dutch, this letter is pronounced |y|. But the sound |y| does not exist in English.

I've learned to accept that we tend to alter the pronunciation of a word when we 'import' or loan words. It happens all the time. Just think of dim sum or croissant - we slaughter those words.

BUT: when you're speaking English, PLEASE pronounce the letter U in a way other nations can understand you. It's almost always pronounced |ʌ| ... as in 'Alkohol' 😆

Except busy, that's pronounced |ˈbɪzi|.