Differentiating the Vowels in Luke and Look

When learning to cue, it can be tough to recognize and correctly cue the difference between /uo͞oue/ (as is Luke) and /ʊo͝ooo/ (as in look). 

/uo͞oue/ (chin placement) /ʊo͝ooo/ (throat placement)
suit soot
who’d hood
fool full
stewed stood
cooed could
shoed should
kooky cookie
pool pull
nuke nook

Dialect

Like many phonemes, variation can occur by dialect. In certain areas of the country (e.g., New York and New Jersey), it is not uncommon for words like room, roof, and broom to be pronounced with /ʊo͝ooo/ and cued at the throat placement. 

Spelling

Some words are especially tricky due to their spelling. Consider the words put and putt. They differ in spelling but the addition of an additional letter Tt. How do they differ in pronunciation? When cued these words actually differ in the vowel building block – put is cued at thge throat placement and putt is cued with a side-down movement.

R-Colored Vowels

R-colored vowels are notoriously difficult to recognize at first. There is also some variation among “or” words. (See r-colored vowels for more information). Some dialects pronounce “or” words with /uo͞oue/ (at the chin placement) and many dialects have certain words that may use /ʊo͝ooo/: tour, sure

Additional Examples/Practice

Chin Placement /uo͞oue/

cool, do, flew, loose, group, soon, spoon, rule, soup, true, who, wound

Throat Placement /ʊo͝ooo/

books, bull, crook, foot, hook, pussyfoot, rook, took, wool

Mixed /uo͞oue/ and /ʊo͝ooo/

The following list contains both words with /uo͞oue/ and /ʊo͝ooo/. Try cueing the words placing them at the correct placement. You can click on a word to check yourself. 

boots, brook, bully, coupon, choose, football, glue, hoodie, pudding, route, shook, soon, sugar, tooth, spooky, woman

 

 

Luke

  • /luˈk/
  • /lueˈk/
  • /lo͞oˈk/
  • 6c2s

look

  • /lʊˈk/
  • /looˈk/
  • /lo͝oˈk/
  • 6t2s

suit

  • /suˈt/
  • /sueˈt/
  • /so͞oˈt/
  • 3c5s

soot

  • /sʊˈt/
  • /sooˈt/
  • /so͝oˈt/
  • 3t5s

who’d

  • /huˈd/
  • /hueˈd/
  • /ho͞oˈd/
  • 3c1s

hood

  • /hʊˈd/
  • /hooˈd/
  • /ho͝oˈd/
  • 3t1s

fool

  • /fuˈl/
  • /fueˈl/
  • /fo͞oˈl/
  • 5c6s

full

  • /fʊˈl/
  • /fooˈl/
  • /fo͝oˈl/
  • 5t6s

stewed

  • /stuˈd/
  • /stueˈd/
  • /sto͞oˈd/
  • 3s5c1s

stood

  • /stʊˈd/
  • /stooˈd/
  • /sto͝oˈd/
  • 3s5t1s

cooed

  • /kuˈd/
  • /kueˈd/
  • /ko͞oˈd/
  • 2c1s

could

  • /kʊˈd/
  • /kooˈd/
  • /ko͝oˈd/
  • 2t1s

shoed

  • /ʃuˈd/
  • /shueˈd/
  • /sho͞oˈd/
  • 6c1s

should

  • /ʃʊˈd/
  • /shooˈd/
  • /sho͝oˈd/
  • 6t1s

kooky

  • /kuˈki/
  • /kueˈkee/
  • /ko͞oˈkē/
  • 2c2m

cookie

  • /kʊˈki/
  • /kooˈkee/
  • /ko͝oˈkē/
  • 2t2m

pool

  • /puˈl/
  • /pueˈl/
  • /po͞oˈl/
  • 1c6s

pull

  • /pʊˈl/
  • /pooˈl/
  • /po͝oˈl/
  • 1t6s

nuke

  • /nuˈk/
  • /nueˈk/
  • /no͞oˈk/
  • 4c2s

nook

  • /nʊˈk/
  • /nooˈk/
  • /no͝oˈk/
  • 4t2s

room

  • /rʊˈm/
  • /rooˈm/
  • /ro͝oˈm/
  • 3t5s

roof

  • /rʊˈf/
  • /rooˈf/
  • /ro͝oˈf/
  • 3t5s

broom

  • /brʊˈm/
  • /brooˈm/
  • /bro͝oˈm/
  • 4s3t5s

put

  • /pʊˈt/
  • /pooˈt/
  • /po͝oˈt/
  • 1t5s

putt

  • /pʌˈt/
  • /puhˈt/
  • /pŭˈt/
  • 1sd5s

tour

  • /tʊˈr/
  • /tooˈr/
  • /to͝oˈr/
  • 5t3s

sure

  • /ʃʊˈr/
  • /shooˈr/
  • /sho͝oˈr/
  • 6t3s

cool

  • /kuˈl/
  • /kueˈl/
  • /ko͞oˈl/
  • 2c6s

do

  • /duˈ/
  • /dueˈ/
  • /do͞oˈ/
  • 1c

flew

  • /fluˈ/
  • /flueˈ/
  • /flo͞oˈ/
  • 5s6c

loose

  • /luˈs/
  • /lueˈs/
  • /lo͞oˈs/
  • 6c3s

group

  • /gruˈp/
  • /grueˈp/
  • /gro͞oˈp/
  • 7s3c1s

soon

  • /suˈn/
  • /sueˈn/
  • /so͞oˈn/
  • 3c4s

spoon

  • /spuˈn/
  • /spueˈn/
  • /spo͞oˈn/
  • 3s1c4s

rule

  • /ruˈl/
  • /rueˈl/
  • /ro͞oˈl/
  • 3c6s

soup

  • /suˈp/
  • /sueˈp/
  • /so͞oˈp/
  • 3c1s

true

  • /truˈ/
  • /trueˈ/
  • /tro͞oˈ/
  • 5s3c

who

  • /huˈ/
  • /hueˈ/
  • /ho͞oˈ/
  • 3c

wound

  • /wuˈnd/
  • /wueˈnd/
  • /wo͞oˈnd/
  • 6c4s1s

books

  • /bʊˈks/
  • /booˈks/
  • /bo͝oˈks/
  • 4t2s3s

bull

  • /bʊˈl/
  • /booˈl/
  • /bo͝oˈl/
  • 4t6s

crook

  • /krʊˈk/
  • /krooˈk/
  • /kro͝oˈk/
  • 2s3t2s

foot

  • /fʊˈt/
  • /fooˈt/
  • /fo͝oˈt/
  • 5t5s

hook

  • /hʊˈk/
  • /hooˈk/
  • /ho͝oˈk/
  • 3t2s

pussyfoot

  • /pʊˈsifʊˈt/
  • /pooˈseefooˈt/
  • /po͝oˈsēfo͝oˈt/
  • 1t3m5t5s

rook

  • /rʊˈk/
  • /rooˈk/
  • /ro͝oˈk/
  • 3t2s

took

  • /tʊˈk/
  • /tooˈk/
  • /to͝oˈk/
  • 5t2s

wool

  • /wʊˈl/
  • /wooˈl/
  • /wo͝oˈl/
  • 6t6s

boots

  • /buˈts/
  • /bueˈts/
  • /bo͞oˈts/
  • 4c5s3s

brook

  • /brʊˈk/
  • /brooˈk/
  • /bro͝oˈk/
  • 4s3t2s

bully

  • /bʊˈli/
  • /booˈlee/
  • /bo͝oˈlē/
  • 4t6m

coupon

  • /kuˈpɔˌn/
  • /kueˈpawˌn/
  • /ko͞oˈpôˌn/
  • 2c1c4s

choose

  • /ʧuˈz/
  • /chueˈz/
  • /cho͞oˈz/
  • 8c2s

football

  • /fʊˈtbɔˌl/
  • /fooˈtbawˌl/
  • /fo͝oˈtbôˌl/
  • 5t5s4c6s

glue

  • /gluˈ/
  • /glueˈ/
  • /glo͞oˈ/
  • 7s6c

hoodie

  • /hʊˈdi/
  • /hooˈdee/
  • /ho͝oˈdē/
  • 3t1m

pudding

  • /pʊˈdɪŋ/
  • /pooˈding/
  • /po͝oˈdĭng/
  • 1t1t8s

route

  • /ruˈt/
  • /rueˈt/
  • /ro͞oˈt/
  • 3c5s

shook

  • /ʃʊˈk/
  • /shooˈk/
  • /sho͝oˈk/
  • 6t2s

soon

  • /suˈn/
  • /sueˈn/
  • /so͞oˈn/
  • 3c4s

sugar

  • /ʃʊˈgɚ/
  • /shooˈgur/
  • /sho͝oˈgûr/
  • 6t7m

tooth

  • /tuˈθ/
  • /tueˈth/
  • /to͞oˈth/
  • 5c7s

spooky

  • /spuˈki/
  • /spueˈkee/
  • /spo͞oˈkē/
  • 3s1c2m

woman

  • /wʊˈmɪn/
  • /wooˈmin/
  • /wo͝oˈmĭn/
  • 6t5t4s