The [au] diphthong
. The first sound of this diphthong is once again
that does not stand
on its own as a vowel sound
in American English. However
, it is very similar
in sound to the aa as in bat. The way it is different from
is that the jaw on aa, aa, is tighter. And on aa as in ow, it drops more. In that way, it is similar to the ah as in father. Also, as you can see, aa, there's the lift here, and it's not quite as extreme in the 'ow', 'ow'. In that sense, the lips are also like the ah as in father. The tongue
however, aa, ow, is similar to the aa as in bat in that it's raised in the back
and then comes forward, and that's what you see.
The second sound is written as the uh as in pull. I do find, however, that it tends to taper a little bit towards the oo as in boo without the lips actually coming into that position.
I came back from vacation and found my flowers dead and brown.