Saying ‘V’ and ‘W’

Watch this video then use the chart below to practice saying f, v, and w

Use this chart to practice listening to ‘f’, ‘v’ and ‘w’

  • Now just move between ‘f’ and ‘v’.
  • Notice that he isn’t saying ‘ef’ or ‘ver’.  He’s saying ‘f–>’.
  • Notice also that he isn’t saying ‘ver’, he’s saying ‘v–>’.  ‘f’ and ‘v’ are continuants – you can make the sound for a long time.
  • Notice the position of your tongue and lips.  Are they the same for both sounds?  They should be!
  • The only difference between ‘f’ and ‘v’, is that ‘v’ is deeper.  You have to use your voice box in your throat.
  • Now alternate between ‘f’ and ‘w’.  Are your lips in the same position of different?  They shold be very different.  With ‘f’, the lips are flat, with ‘w’, they are in a kind of kiss shape.
  • ‘f’ and ‘v’ are almost the same, ‘v’ is just deeper.  ‘w’ is nothing like either of them!
  • Continue to use the chart until you can make a similar sound.
  • Then try the exercise below with a friend.

Say a word and let your friend tell you which word you’ve said!

EiT: Pronunciation of 'v' and 'w'

EiT: Pronunciation of ‘v’ and ‘w’


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