How to pronounce /f/ and /v/ in English
This tongue twister focuses on the difference in English pronunciation between the sounds /f/ and /v/. Let's start with the tongue twister "Four furious friends fought for the phone" and then we'll try "Five very funny flies"...
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These two tongue twisters practise the /f/ sound. This is an unvoiced sound, the sound is in your mouth, but we'll also look at the /v/ sound, which is voiced and you can feel the vibration in your vocal chords if you put your hand on your throat. So today we're going to look at /f/ and /v/. So the first one we'll just look at the /f/ sound. Here's the tongue twister. "Four furious friends fought for the phone" OK, that's not too difficult because we're repeating that /f/ sound. Let's have a look at the vowels in that tongue twister. "Four furious friends fought for the phone"
Let's look at another tongue twister now, this is going to put /f/ and /v/ together, which will be a bit more challenging, but there are a lot of languages that don't make a clear distinction between the /f/ and /v/ sound and so they can sound quite similar. Here's the tongue twister. "Five very funny flies in velvet vests flew from France on Friday evening"
So if we look at that first part together, we can see the /f/ and /v/ sounds together. "Five very funny flies..." You can just practise that...'very funny', /v/ /f/ "Five very funny flies..." "Five very funny flies in velvet vests flew from France..." /f/ /f/ /f/, "...flew from F..." "...flew from France...", /f/ /f/ /f/, "...flew from France..." "...on Friday evening" /f/ /v/ "...Friday evening" "Five very funny flies in velvet vests flew from France on Friday evening" OK, now it's your turn! The vowel sounds in that tongue twister are...or if you come from the north of England, /æ/ "France"...So your homework is to practise those tongue twisters!
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