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  • In this video, I'm going to focus on two consonant sounds.

  • The sounds /f/ and /v/.

  • So the 'f' sound and the 'v' sound.

  • They may sound similar but they are actually quite different.

  • And they are very important sounds in the English language

  • so I really want you to be able to hear the difference

  • and pronounce them correctly.

  • Let's take two example words.

  • The first word is the word 'fan'.

  • Can you hear the /f/ sound?

  • 'fan'

  • The second word is 'van'.

  • Can you hear the /v/ sound this time?

  • 'van'.

  • So 'fan' and 'van'.

  • I know guys.

  • They sound really similar, but they are different.

  • And we're gonna practice together.

  • By the end of this video, you will be able to pronounce them correctly.

  • I promise.

  • So keep watching.

  • Before learning about the /f/ and /v/ sounds in English,

  • you need to focus on the IPA spelling.

  • It's very useful.

  • You can also watch how I move my mouth, and obviously you need to repeat after me in this video.

  • I know you can make those sounds guys so let's do it together now.

  • First, let's produce the /f/sound in English.

  • What you're going to do is - you're not going to use your voice.

  • It's a voiceless sound so no vibration in your throat.

  • You are going to place your teeth against your bottom lip

  • and you're going to push out some air through your teeth and your bottom lip.

  • So, okay, please watch my mouth and repeat after me.

  • /f/

  • Let's practice with the word 'fan'.

  • Repeat after me.

  • fan

  • fan

  • fan

  • Good.

  • As for the/v/sound, it's exactly the same as the/f/sound.

  • But this time, you are going to use your voice.

  • It's a voiced sound so you are going to feel some vibration.

  • Okay

  • So /v/.

  • Can you please repeat after me.

  • /v/

  • Let's practice with the word 'van'.

  • Please repeat after me.

  • van

  • van

  • van

  • Good.

  • Let's now practice with minimal pairs.

  • Words that sound very very much alike but the sounds are actually different.

  • They are very useful if you really want to hear the difference between the two sounds.

  • First, let's practice producing the sounds themselves.

  • Please repeat after me.

  • First, the/f/ sound.

  • /f/

  • Now the/v/ sound.

  • Repeat after me.

  • /v/

  • Let's now do both.

  • Repeat after me, guys.

  • /f/ /v/

  • Let's now take our words.

  • Repeat after me.

  • fan

  • van

  • fan

  • van

  • fan

  • van

  • Good, guys.

  • Okay, guys.

  • Let's now go through minimal pairs together.

  • Please watch me and how I move my mouth.

  • And repeat after me.

  • Let's do this.

  • belief

  • believe

  • calf

  • carve

  • fail

  • veil

  • fast

  • vast

  • fat

  • vat

  • fault

  • vault

  • fear

  • veer

  • fee

  • V

  • feel

  • veal

  • feign

  • vein

  • fender

  • vendor

  • ferry

  • very

  • file

  • vile

  • fine

  • vine

  • foul

  • vowel

  • grief

  • grieve

  • leaf

  • leave

  • life

  • live

  • proof

  • prove

  • safe

  • save

  • serf

  • serve

  • staff

  • starve

  • strife

  • strive

  • surf

  • serve

  • waif

  • waive

  • Great, guys.

  • Okay, students.

  • Let's now practice with a few sentences containing these consonant sounds.

  • The first sentence is, 'The vendor sold me a new fender.'

  • Please repeat after me.

  • 'The vendor sold me a new fender.'

  • The second sentence.

  • 'Live a fast and vast life.'

  • Please repeat after me.

  • 'Live a fast and vast life.'

  • Good.

  • And finally, 'Save your money in the safe.'

  • Please repeat after me.

  • 'Save your money in the safe.'

  • Good.

  • Let's move on.

  • Let's now move on to listening practice.

  • I'm now going to show you two words.

  • I will say one of the two words and I want you to listen very carefully and

  • to tell me if this word is 'a' or 'b'

  • Let's get started.

  • So you have two words, 'a' and 'b'.

  • Now which one do I say?

  • 'a' or 'b'?

  • Listen.

  • belief

  • One more time.

  • belief

  • Was this 'a' or 'b'?

  • It's 'a', guys – 'belief'.

  • 'b' would be 'believe'.

  • save

  • save

  • 'a' or 'b'?

  • It's 'b', 'save'.

  • 'a' is 'safe'.

  • carve

  • carve

  • It's 'b', 'carve'.

  • 'a' would be 'calf'.

  • Now listen to me.

  • feel

  • feel

  • It's 'a', 'feel'.

  • 'b' is 'veal'.

  • fender

  • fender

  • 'a' or 'b'?

  • It's 'a', 'fender'.

  • 'b' would be 'vendor'.

  • Listen to me, guys.

  • very

  • very

  • It's 'b', 'very'.

  • 'a' is pronounced 'fairy'.

  • vine

  • vine

  • It's 'b', 'vine'.

  • 'a' is 'fine'.

  • starve

  • starve

  • 'a', 'b' - what do you think guys?

  • It's 'b', 'starve'.

  • 'a' would be pronounced 'staff'.

  • strife

  • strife

  • It's 'a', 'strife'.

  • 'b' is 'strive'.

  • And the last two words surf

  • surf

  • 'a' 'b'?

  • It's 'a', surf.

  • 'b' would be 'serve'.

  • You now understand the difference between these two consonant sounds.

  • The /f/ sound and the/v/sound in English.

  • Of course it takes a lot of listening and speaking practice to master these sounds,

  • but you can do it.

  • So keep practicing to be able to pronounce them correctly

  • and to train your ear to hear the differences between the sounds.

  • Also make sure to watch my other pronunciation videos

  • if you want to improve your English skills.

  • So see you next time.

  • Thank you so much for watching, guys.

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  • See you.

In this video, I'm going to focus on two consonant sounds.

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/f/ vs /v/ Consonant Sounds | Learn English Pronunciation Course | 50 Words

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