I noticed that when I pronounce words like Show or fellow I seem to drop the w and just say Sho or Fello. My countries English is similar to British English. I wonder if that is normal or if maybe I just can't pronounce W at the end of a sentence. I am a native English speaker by the way.

British: /ʃəʊ/ American: /ʃoʊ/

British: /feləʊ/ American: /feloʊ/

What does ʊ mean?

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    Think of it as the semiconsonant glide /w/ instead of as a vocalic /ʊ/ might help. You already say this; you just don’t realized you are saying it. – tchrist Apr 8 '15 at 3:48

On that symbol. It's here:


that symbol is the short vowel "u" of "foot" and "book."

See also:



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    I don’t think explaining it as what is essentially the PUT vowel is very useful here. – tchrist Apr 8 '15 at 3:49

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