English pronunciation: The letter V

Five very fast vehicles swerved violently.

Say that five times fast!

The English pronunciation of the letter V may be different from your language. Sometimes it doesn't matter - the listener may understand or may not notice the difference. But sometimes it DOES matter, especially when your listener is old, like me, or perhaps more importantly, when there are words that are similar in pronunciation:

  • very
  • berry
  • weary
  • ferry

So how should you pronounce the letter V in English? It's actually pretty easy!

The mouth formation for the letter V is very similar to how the mouth forms the letter F:
The bottom lip touches the tip of the upper teeth.

With the letter F, you blow air with some voiceless force. Say, "FINALLY!" like you are excited that a new movie opened. Put your hand in front of your mouth as you are saying it. Feel the air coming out strong? Maybe you spit a little. Maybe that's just me. It happens, ok?

Anyway.

With the letter V, you kind of vibrate, or blow softly, using your voice. Try saying, "Very vexing," (because that movie was confusing!) with your hand in front of your mouth. See how much softer it is? Although the lip made the same formation.

Now, try saying, "Five very fast vehicles swerved violently." See? Pretty easy, right? You sound great! Keep practicing. Your pronunciation will be clearer - for old folks like me!

Have a very vibrant day!


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Hi! I'm Leslie. I live in Houston, Texas, USA. I have had so much fun helping people improve their English (I've also learned a lot too!). I am very patient and I try to keep lessons relaxed and fun. Grammar and rules are important, but I think being able to communicate is more important, so I like to get people talking! Traveling? Small talk? Culture questions? Interview? Meeting future in-laws? Long term classes or just a few? No problem! A session is one-on-one and lasts one hour. My available times are the green boxes, so check out my profile page and reserve your time. Feel free to contact me about your English speaking needs, goals, or any questions you might have. I look forward to meeting you! **Please note: once a session starts, I usually wait 10 minutes to see if the student shows up. Then I close the class. You can always message me if you have an issue and we can reschedule. Thanks!**
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