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The invisible Y sound in English

Pronunciation Practice: Invisible Y sound in English

Practice your pronunciation with these words

A lot of English learners make this common pronunciation mistake: forgetting to pronounce the invisible “Y” sound that occurs before the letter “u” in some words.

Example 1: music

Incorrect pronunciation: “moo – zik”

Correct pronunciation: “myoo – zik”

Example 2: curious

Incorrect pronunciation: “coor – i – us”

Correct pronunciation: “cyoor – i – us”

Example 3: university

Incorrect pronunciation: “oo – ni – ver – si – tee”

Correct pronunciation: “you – ni – ver – si – tee”

Pronunciation practice: More words with the “invisible Y” sound

community – “com – yoo – ni – tee”

ridiculous – “ri – dic – ya – lus”

continue – “con – tin – yoo”

issue – “ish – yoo”

reunion – “re – yoon – yun”

distribute – “dis – tri – byoot”

regular – “reg – ya – lar”

uniform – “yoo – ni – form”

huge – “hyooj”

cute – “cyoot”

use – “yooz”

cucumber – “cyoo – cum – ber”

fuel – “fyool”

human – “hyoo – min”

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