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  • In this American English pronunciation video, we're going to go over the pronunciation of

  • two similar words - pool and pull.

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  • This word pair is difficult. Thanks to those who requested this video.

  • The only thing that's different here is the vowel. Both words start with the P consonant

  • and end with the dark L. The vowel in pool is the OO vowel and the vowel in pull is the

  • UH vowel like in "book" or "sugar". First, let's talk about the OO vowel. I hope

  • you've seen my video that goes over the sound in detail. I'll put a link to it at the end

  • of this video. Basically, the lips start somewhat relaxed and come into a tight circle, oo,

  • oo. The tongue lifts in the back. Let's see what that looks like up close and in slow

  • motion. Pool.

  • Lips pressed together for the P. They release and the lips come into a tight circle. This

  • space in the mouth looks dark because the tongue is pulled up in the back. Now, the

  • lips relax out and the tongue tip comes forward for the L.

  • Pool, pool Did you notice an "uh" sound before the L? Pool. That's the dark L. The back of the tongue

  • comes down from the oo position and shifts back just a little bit. It makes this sound.

  • Uhl, uhl. This is the dark sound in the dark L, pool. The dark sound is made with the back

  • of the tongue. What does the front part of the tongue do? Three options. I often leave

  • the tongue tip down. I just make the dark part with the back of my tongue and that's

  • it. Rachel, uhl, uhl, uhl.

  • I do not to bring the tongue tip up. But I could bring the tip of the tongue up into

  • one of two positions after making the dark sound. Here at the roof of the mouth, uhl,

  • Rachel. Or through the teeth. Rachel, uhl, uhl.

  • Let's look again at the word '"pool" to see what the tongue does for the L. There, the

  • tongue tip came up to this position. Pool.

  • Now, let's study "pull". The vowel here has a slightly different tongue position. The

  • tongue rounds up in the back in the OO vowel but in the uh vowel, there's a pullback as

  • well. The lips round less for the UH vowel. Uh, uh Pull.

  • Let's study it up close and in slow motion. Lips press together for the P. Lips flare

  • for the vowel. You can see the tongue is lifted in the back. Now here, I take a different

  • position for the L. I bring the tongue tip through the teeth. The final position of the

  • dark L, if you choose to do it, here, or here, doesn't matter. It doesn't depend on the word.

  • One isn't right and one isn't wrong. You can do either one and get the same sound.

  • Let's watch again. Pooland then, pull.

  • Look at the difference in the lip position for the vowels.

  • Pool, Pull [2x] Say that with me slowly.

  • Pool, Pull [2x] Now let's look at the two side by side. The

  • lips are more rounded for OO. Here, you get to see both ending positions for the dark

  • L. Again, lips are more rounded for the OO vowel. Jaw is more dropped for UH.

  • English has a lot of vowel sounds, maybe more than your own language. So it might be hard

  • for you to hear the difference. But I hope you can see the difference in the mouth shape

  • and imitate that. And as you practice these words, don't forget

  • the dark L. Pull the back part of the tongue back to make the dark sound, it's really important.

  • Here's the video I mentioned earlier on the OO vowel and here's one on the UH vowel.

  • Actually, you might want to take a look at all of the vowel sound videos. They really

  • illustrate the different positions. You can click here or in the description below.

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In this American English pronunciation video, we're going to go over the pronunciation of


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POOL與PULL的發音方法:英語會話。 (How to Pronounce POOL vs. PULL: English Conversation)

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