How to pronounce /w/ and /v/ in English

These two tongue twisters will show you the difference between /w/ and /v/ in English pronunciation. We'll start with the tongue twister "Wild vines make fine vintage wines" and then the longer and more challenging "Vivian was very wary of Vinnie and Winnie's vicious, villainous ways". Enjoy!

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

"Wild wines..."

Here's a nice, short, easy tongue twister to practise, again, a very common pronunciation problem in English. This is the difference between /w/ and /v/. "Wild vines make fine vintage wines". Let's practise those two words in isolation, 'vines' and 'wines'. If you're going to make wine, you have to grow grapes on vines. So wine comes from grapevines...vine...wine. "Wild vines make fine vintage wines". Wild vines, wild vines. Vintage wines, vintage wines. The vowel sounds and diphthongs here are...

Let's look at a longer one now, slightly longer to practise those two sounds... "Vivian is very wary of Vinnie and Winnie's vicious, villainous ways". Practise those two names firstly, Vinnie and Winnie. Vicious, villainous ways. "Vivian is very wary of Vinnie and Winnie's vicious, villainous ways". And the vowel sounds here are...Take that one slowly, now you practise it.

So your homework is to practise those tongue twisters.

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How to pronounce /w/ and /v/ in English