/ʌ/ vs /ʊ/ in Northern English

/ʌ/ vs /ʊ/ in Northern English

AUDIO KEY: Northern (bold), Standard (italic)

In northern England, local accents don’t contain /ʌ/ so words like FUN, LOVE and SHUT are all pronounced with /ʊ/ 

In standard English these words are pronounced with /ʌ/: /fʌn/, /lʌv/ and /ʃʌt/. 

 

– Decide if the pronunciation you hear is /ʊ/ (Northern) or /ʌ/ (Standard):

SUM     /ʊ/ /ʌ/
LOVE    /ʊ/ /ʌ/
SON     /ʊ/ /ʌ/
MONDAY  /ʊ/ /ʌ/
ENOUGH  /ʊ/ /ʌ/
UNDER   /ʊ/ /ʌ/
LONDON  /ʊ/ /ʌ/
BUG     /ʊ/ /ʌ/
RUN     /ʊ/ /ʌ/
SHOVE   /ʊ/ /ʌ/

Answers & Audio

1. women
2. once
3. again
4. business
5. says
6. does
7. friend
8. built
9. flood
10. sausage

 

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