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  • In this American English pronunciation video,

  • we're going to go over how to pronounce the F and V consonants.

  • These two sounds are paired together because they take the same mouth position.

  • FF is unvoiced, meaning only air passes through the mouth,

  • and VV is voiced, meaning you make a sound with the vocal cords.

  • VV

  • To make these sounds,

  • the bottom lip lifts and touches the very bottom of the top front teeth.

  • Ff-- Vv--

  • The top lip lifts a little bit to get out of the way of the bottom lip.

  • You don't want to see your bottom lip disappear.

  • Ff--

  • It's actually the inside of the lip, here,

  • that makes contact with the teeth.

  • Ff-- Vv--

  • The tongue should stay relaxed so the air can easily push through,

  • causing the bottom lip to vibrate against the top teeth.

  • Let's look at the sounds up close and in slow motion.

  • The top lip lifts so the bottom lip has room to vibrate

  • against the bottom of the top front teeth.

  • Very. Bottom lip goes to the bottom of the top front teeth.

  • Flavor. The bottom lip goes to the top front teeth for the F

  • and again for the V.

  • Enough. Bottom lip to top front teeth.

  • When you work on these consonants and words with these consonants,

  • watch yourself and make sure your bottom lip doesn't curl in.

  • Ff-- Vv--

  • Remember it's the inside of the lip that makes these sounds.

  • The F and V consonants.

  • Very

  • Flavor

  • Enough

  • Example words. Repeat with me.

  • Live, vv--, Live

  • Value, vv--, value

  • Provide, vv--, provide

  • Fresh, ff--, fresh

  • Offer, ff--, offer

  • Tough, ff--, tough

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In this American English pronunciation video,

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A2 BEG US bottom lip lip vv bottom top front front teeth

English Sounds - F [f] and V [v] Consonants - How to make the F and V Consonants

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    Luke posted on 2019/07/27
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