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Minimal Pairs initial /v/ and /w/

as in vow and wow

Below is a list of words that vary only by one having the sound /v/ and the other having the sound /w/ in its place. 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.

Pre-Intermediate

V we

vent went

vest west

vet wet

Intermediate

vary wary

veil whale

verse worse

Vick wick

vile while

vine wine

vow wow

Upper-Intermediate

vie why

vine whine

volley wally

V's wheeze

Advanced

V wee

vein wane

versed worst


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