When the letter ‘o’ makes /ʌ/. Pronounce tongue, cover etc

How to Pronounce Tongue in English.

When the letter ‘o’ makes /ʌ/. 


There are many words where ‘o’ makes /ʌ/ in English.

Correct some of them with this quick video. Learn how to pronounce ‘tongue’ in English and learn some homophones too. Homophones are words with different spelling that are pronounced the same way like ‘sun’ and ‘son’.

Have you been wondering how to pronounce tongue in English? And how are tong and tongue different?

Many words look different to how they are pronounced in English. English has over 20 vowels (revise all the vowels in English) so the same letter can make a number of different words. This makes the pronunciation of English vowels very challenging for English learners. Many learners see the ‘o’ and understandably pronounce ‘o’ as /ɒ/. 

Tongue is one of these words, so many non-native English speakers mispronounce the word tongue. 

Watch the video above to see how to pronounce tongue in English and how it is different to tongue.

Many other words follow this pattern.

The video above covers how to pronounce the words:

– tongue (vs tong)

– London

– cover

– onion

Some more words where ‘o’ makes /ʌ/ in English: discover, money, mother. company and come.

The letters ‘ou’ can also make /ʌ/  – such as touch, cousin, and country.

You’ll correct all of these words – where the letter ‘o’ and ‘ou’ make/ʌ/ with a Speech Active Online Course.

‘won’ and ‘one’ are also words where ‘o’ makes /ʌ/. Did you know that ‘won’ and ‘one’ are pronounced exactly the same way? The pronunciation is  /wʌn/. They are homophones in English.

The homophones in the video above are:

– son sun

– won one

– some sum

Would you like to check and correct pronunciation of more English homophones?

Homophones such as ‘sweet’ and ‘suite’, ‘moose’ and mousse’ and ‘muscles’ and ‘mussels’ often confuse people speaking English as a second language because they look so different to how they are pronounced. 

Visit this link for the best English Homophones List for English learners. You’ll record your voice and correct your pronunciation of over 100 English homophones. 

You’ll correct over 200 of the most mispronounced English words with a Speech Active Online Course.

You’ll get loads of practise in sentences and conversations so you’ll successfully transfer your new improved pronunciation and speaking skills to your everyday conversations.

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When the letter ‘o’ makes /ʌ/. Pronounce tongue, cover etc


Georgie Harding has assisted thousands of people from all over the world with improving their clarity and spoken English skills. A Speech Pathology degree BAppSc(SpPathand CELTA qualifications and over 15 years of experience providing 1:1, group and online training make Georgie a leader in her field.  

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