The phoneme /aʊ/ is often mispronounced as /ɑ/, especially when it precedes /n/. This would make phonemes /aʊn/ sound like /ɑn/. Hmm, quite un-English! You want to sound English? Then fully realise the /aʊn/ sounds.

So try pronouncing these words with special attention to the /aʊn/ sounds:

Sample words:

Mountain /maʊntn/
Fountain /faʊntn/
Foundation /faʊn’deɪʆn/
Noun /naʊn/
Count /kaʊnt/
Brown /braʊn/

Sound Drill:
The county’s Count and his hounds went to the mountain to count his brown cows browsing at the fountain foundation.

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