Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles In this video, I'm going to focus on two initial consonant sounds in English. The 'f' sound. And the 'p' sound. Let's take two example words. You'll understand what I mean. The first word is the word 'fan' with an 'f' sound. 'fan' The second word is 'pan' with a 'p' sound. So 'fan' and 'pan'. I know to some of you they sound very similar, but they are quite different. And they are very important sounds in English. So practice with me because I want you to be able to pronounce these sounds correctly. Let's get started. Well, guys. Before we get into the 'f' and 'p' sounds in English, remember to check the I.P.A. spelling. It's very important. Also you can watch how I move my mouth and please try to repeat after me when I ask you to. You can make these sounds, guys. Let's do it together now. Let's now practice making this initial 'f' consonant sound in English. So /f/ It's voiceless. You are not going to use your voice. No vibration in your throat. What you're going to do is, you're going to place your top teeth against your bottom lip, and you're going to push out some air. So, /f/. Please repeat after me. /f/ Let's practice with the word 'fan'. Please repeat after me. 'fan' Great. Moving on now to the 'p' sound'. So, /p/. So it's voiceless as well. No voice, no vibration in your throat. Your lips are going to touch each other and you're going to push out some air with your lips. So, /p/. Please repeat after me. /p/ Let's use the word 'pan'. Please repeat after me, guys. 'pan' Great. Let's now practice using minimal pairs. These words sound almost the same but the sounds are different. And they're very useful if you really want to focus on the difference between sounds in English. But first, let's focus on our sounds themselves. Please watch how I move my mouth and repeat after me. First, the 'f' sound. /f/ And now the 'p' sound. Repeat after me. /p/ Let's now do both. Please repeat after me. /f/ /p/ /f/ /p/ /f/ /p/ Let's now bring our words. Please repeat after me. 'fan' 'pan' 'fan' 'pan' 'fan' 'pan' Great job. Okay, guys. Let's now go through minimal pairs together. Watch how I move my mouth and please repeat after me. Let's go. face pace faced paste facts packs fad pad fail pale faint paint fair pair fang pang fart part fashion passion fast past fat pat fate pate fear peer feed peed feel peel feet peat felt pelt fen pen fence pence fend penned few pew fig pig file pile fill pill fin pin finch pinch find pined fine pine firm perm first pursed fit pit fix picks flak plaque flank plank fleas please flight plight fled pled flee plea fleet pleat flop plop flume plume flunk plunk flush plush flux plucks Excellent, guys. Time now to practice with sentences using these consonant sounds. Sentence number one: 'Put that file on the work pile.' Please guys repeat after me. 'Put that file on the work pile.' Sentence number two : 'I put the fork in the fresh pork.' Please repeat after me. 'I put the fork in the fresh pork.' And finally: 'The fit pig ate the fig in the pit.' Please repeat after me. 'The fit pig ate the fig in the pit.' Good job, guys. Let's move on. Let's now move on to listening practice. I'm now going to show you two words.