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
pool pull
   

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

Practice

Chin Placement /uo͞oue/

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

Throat Placement /ʊo͝ooo/

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

Mixed /uo͞oue/ and /ʊo͝ooo/

The following list contains both words with /uo͞oue/ and ////. 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, hoodieroute, 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

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

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

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