The v Sound (/v/ Phoneme)

Hi there this is the v sound. As in the words:

  • very /’veri/
  • every /’evri/
  • move /muːv/

The v sound is from the ‘Consonants Pairs’ group and it is called the ‘Voiced labiodental fricative’. This means that you create friction between the bottom lip and top teeth.

How to pronounce the v sound

The v sound is made through the mouth and it is Voiced which means that you vibrate your vocal chords to make the sound.
It is defined by position of your lips and teeth and it is a fricative, which is a sound that is produced by high pressure air flow between a narrow space in the mouth. In this case it is between the bottom lip and the teeth.
To produce the sound rest your top teeth on you bottom lip and force air out between your teeth whilst voicing out.

How the v sound is Spelled

The /v/ phoneme is normally spelled with the letter ‘v’ as in the words:

  • even /’iːvən/
  • never /‘nevə/
  • five /faɪv/

But in some rare cases it is spelt with the letter ‘f’ as in the word:

  • of /ɒv/

Examples of the v sound

Here are some words that begin with the v sound:

  • view /vjuː/
  • value /ˈvæljuː/
  • visit /ˈvɪzɪt/
  • various /ˈveəriəs/

Here are some words with the v sound in the middle:

  • never /’nevə/
  • provide /prəˈvaɪd/
  • however /haʊˈevə/
  • level /ˈlevəl/

Here are some words with the v sound at the end v sound:

  • love /lʌv/
  • have /hæv/
  • give /gIv/
  • live /lɪv/

So, that’s it for the v sound.

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