Minimal Pair initial /v/ and /w/

as in vow and wow

Below is a list of words that vary only by one starting with the sound /v/ and the other starting with the sound /w/. You can use this list to practise the sounds, or as a list of words to be careful in pronouncing.

/v/ is pronounced with the top teeth biting the bottom lip. /w/ is produced with rounded lips.

If you are practising on your own, try saying both words and making sure your pronunciation of each is different, for example by looking at your mouth shape in the mirror.


V we

vent went

vest west

vet wet


vary wary

veil whale

verse worse

Vick wick

vile while

vine wine

vow wow


vie why

vine whine

volley wally

V's wheeze


V wee

vein wane

versed worst

Written for EnglishClub by Alex Case

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