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English Pronunciation: “W” and “V” in Connected Speech

In an earlier Magoosh Comics post on the “W” and “V” sounds, we looked at the mouth movements needed for these sounds in English. When you first start practicing this pair of sounds, it can be helpful to exaggerate your mouth movements. But if you keep exaggerating the “W” and “V” sounds as you use them in actual English speech, you’ll sound strange and annoying. This can be seen in the Magoosh Comics image below:

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Audio for the passage above

I’ve recorded myself reading the passage from the Magoosh Comic above. Listen carefully to the subtle difference between the “W” and “V” sounds. Then try to read the passage yourself, saying the “W” and “V” sounds naturally in connected English speech.

Click the track to listen: 

 

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