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500 Common Words: V and W Sounds

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In American English pronunciation, V is a vibrating sound. Make an F sound, but hold the teeth by the lower lip and let it vibrate. You should feel slight heat on your lip as you practice holding out the sound. Keep your mouth/jaw relaxed. Make sure to pronounce V in the middle or at the end of words.

W is a the sound you make on your lips. Your lips start in an O shape and then move outward (of course, this is reduced as you become comfortable with the sound).

In American English, V and F are similar, yet opposite. One vibrates and one does not. We have no interchange between V and W spellings and sounds.



V sounds

W sounds

Silent v or w


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Video

Above

Always

Answer

Cover

Between

Draw

Develop

Flower

Grow

Drive

Power

Know

Even

Wait

Low

Ever

Walk

Own

Gave

Want

Saw

Give

War

Show

Govern

Warm

Slow

Have

Watch

Snow

Ivy

Water

 

Leave

Way

 

Live

We

 

Love

Web

 

Move

Weight

 

Never

Well

 

River

Went

 

Serve

Were

 

Several

West

 

Travel

What

 

Van

Wheel

 

Very

When

 

Vest

Where

 

Vine

Which

 

Voice

While

 

Vote

White

 

Vowel

Why

 

Practice 

Will

 

 

Wind

 

 

Wing

 

 

With

 

 

Woman

 

 

Women

 

 

Wonder

 

 

Wood

 

 

Word

 

 

World

 

 

Would

 



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Note: OW has 2 sounds. Sometimes it is a long O with a silent W. Sometimes it is the diphthong (or double vowel) that combines a short A and Long O as in "down" and "town."





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