Review of how to form “u”: Round your lips slightly and raise the back of your tongue high in the back of your mouth. Keep the muscles of your tongue fairly relaxed as you say this sound. The key to pronouncing this sound correctly is to remember to make a relaxed slight circle instead of a tight circle.
Illustration of correct lip position Illustration of correct tongue placement
Practice the following words.
1. foot 2. book 3. put 4. took 5. shook 6. look 7. should 8. would 9. wood 10. good
11. push 12. bush 13. cook 14. hook 15. pull 16. wool 17. bull 18. hoof 19. full 20. wouldn't
Practice the following sentences. 1. I put the book on the shelf. 2. She shook her foot. 3. I shouldn’tlook out the window. 4. Would you hand me that hook? 5. The bush was full of bees. 6. The horse’s hoof was damaged by the wood. 7. You need to push, not pull, the bull. 8. The cooktook the pot off the stove. 9. Do you think this wool sweater looks good? 10. I wouldn’t do that if I were you.
Practice the following paragraph. As children, many boys and girls took fishing lessons from their fathers as they sat in a small boat in the middle of a lake. They learned how to put bait on a fishing hook and how to make sure the fishing line didn’t get tangled. They would watch their fathers throw the line and hoped that their line wouldn’t get tangled when they threw it out toward the water. The best part of fishing was always spending time just shooting the breeze with their fathers. At the end of the day, they would bring home all the fish on their hook for their mothers to cook.
Idiom: shoot the breeze Definition: chat about unimportant things