I'd like to thank everyone on the list who has contributed to my understanding of the "o" umlautpronunciation.
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Rena MCCARTHY <Rena@rena24.fsnet.co.uk> wrote :
Hello Big Chieftan,
I'm from the north of England and we were taught to purse the lips and
pronounce the vowel something like the vowel in the French word 'oef' (egg)
or the sound of the vowel in the English 'hurt' - definitely not the vowel
sound in the word 'under'.
Hope you're having fair winds.