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Watch the video and read the news for 6/19/2011. This news report focuses on the basic V sound and sounds related to V. Learn the news and study American English pronunciation. Read other English pronunciation news reports.

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The FDA is increasing standards for sunscreen. Currently, sunscreen products are only required to protect against ultraviolet B rays. However, there are also ultraviolet A rays which are associated with skin cancer. The new rules will require any product that has an SPF of 15 or higher to protect against both ultraviolet B rays and A rays. If the product does not protect against both, it must carry a warning, saying "this product prevents sunburn, but does not protect against skin cancer or early aging."

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(STAN-derd): use AN sound
(CAN-ser): use AN sound
(UL-truh-VI-o-let): both the 1st and 3rd syllable are stressed in everyday speech--pronounce a good V sound
B rays
(B-rays): lips are together for B, apart for V
(ES-pee-ef): V and F are sound pairs (two sounds made in the same position), V vibrates and F does not
(WOR-ning): "A" sounds like a long O as in "old," for W, move your lips forward, then outward
(pre-VENT): to make a good V sound when V is in the middle of a word, make sure your mouth position is correct

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