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How to Pronounce “W” and “V”

The above video is a mini online accent reduction training lesson designed to teach your how to pronounce “W” and “V” sounds. If you’re speaking English as your second language or if you’re just learning to speak English, you might have a little trouble with the sound that a “W” makes and a “V” makes. Sometimes people will reverse them.

How to Pronounce the “W” Sound

The “W” is the sound that is produced by making the lips into a very small little circle or opening just as if you were going to blow out a candle like in the word “what” or “west”. One good way to figure out if you are making it correctly or not is to take a straw, put it into your mouth, put your lips around the straw and as you pull the straw out you’ll make your sound. Here is an example of that for you: Pronouncing “W” Sound with a Straw. Try it with the words “west”, “what”, and “when”.

How to Pronounce the “V” Sound

With the “V”, it’s completely different positions of the mouth. What you are going to do in this case, for the “V”, is to have your top teeth resting against your bottom lip and a little bit of air floating out across it using your voice. For example, the “V” sound in the words “vest” and “vacation”.

You can practice these sounds in front of a mirror because they are so visible you can see if you are making the right movements for the “W” sound and the “V” sound.

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About the Author

Derra Huxley, M.A.Derra Huxley is a California licensed Speech-Language Pathologist in Los Angeles having earned both Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in Communicative Disorders from California State University, Northridge. You can also find her on , Twitter and Facebook. She specializes in Accent Modification, having been trained and certified to utilize the nationally acclaimed Compton P-ESL Program through the Institute of Language and Phonology. She has worked with adults with varying degrees of accents from around the globe to improve their pronunciation of English.View all posts by Derra Huxley, M.A.