Are you looking to perfect how you pronounce F and V when spelling and sounding out words in English? In the video below, Jennifer Kumar of Authentic Journeys sounds out a few minimal F-V pair words in English:
What are some of the similarities of F and V?
What are key differences between F and V?
Can you distinguish the sounds by ear and mouth (you listening to others, and you yourself making these sounds)?
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.
Feel free to listen to a few more videos linked up below from YouTube and if you want, send me your response videos or upload them to YouTube and tag me!
More videos from YouTube on F and V.
Practice the list of minimal pairs with Rachel.
Few – View
Fail – Vail
Feel – Veal
Fender – Vendor
Fat – Vat
Fan – Van
Practice more pronunciation with Jon.
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Original post date: June 2016, Updated May 2020