Complex Vowel Sounds

Besides long vowel sounds, short vowel sounds, and the schwa sound, there are some other special sounds in English that are represented by vowels. They are as follows:

  • /aw/ sound as in awful and awe
  • /oi/ sound as in boil, poison, toilet, and annoy
  • /ou/ sound as in lighthouse, cow, flower, and fountain
  • /oo/ (ʊ) sound as in took, pulley, platypus, pull, and football

Note that "oo" makes two different sounds in different words, having the ʊ sound as in hook, or the ū sound as in boot.

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