Differentiating the Vowels in Luke and Look

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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
   
   

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. 

Luke

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

look

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

room

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

roof

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

broom

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