How to tell /aʊn/ from /ɑːn/?
It is hard for me to tell the difference when listening to the words,
bound. They are almost the same.
I always ignore the /ʊ/ sound in /aʊn/ in the words such as found, bound, count, mount, around, ground.
It is also strange for me to pronounce /aʊn/ in one beat (hit, or rhyme?). I would read /aʊ-ən/ to pronounce /aʊn/. For instance,
bound would be pronounced as
bow - (a)nd in two beats when I see the phonetic symbols in the dictionary. However, I say
bound in sentences.
By the way, how to pronounce /aʊn/ correctly?