June 5, 2016

F & V: Perfect English Enunciation

In a previous post we talked about how to pronounce v and w with clarity. To piggy back on those sound pairs, let's look at v and f. 

V and F are paired together because the facial positions are the same for both. 

The difference? V is a voiced consonant - we will hear the sound with vibration, where as with F, it's unvoiced or silent; only air will pass through the top teeth when touching the bottom lip. 

Rachel of Rachel's English has an awesome video demo on these sounds. Watch the video below to see what I am talking about! 

Some words for practice: 
Few  -  View 
Fail  -  Vail 
Feel  -  Veal 
Fender -  Vendor 
Fat  -  Vat 
Fan  -  Van 

In this second video, Jon goes through in detail how to make these sounds using your teeth, lips and breath. This video is very helpful in describing what Rachel demonstrated in the video above. Jon also provides many example words to pronounce as single words and in confusing tongue twisters!  

Jennifer Kumar, author of this post is a native American English speaker and U.S. citizen running her own business in Kochi, India helping professionals on distributed and offshored teams to communicate more effectively in business environments. Contact us for more information. 

Related Posts: 
Compare V and W in English to Indian Languages 
Focus on saying words ending in TION 

Problems with speaking too fast or too slow 

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