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Aug 15, 2022

Minimal Pair /b/ and /v/

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LEARNING OUTCOME

In this lesson, the learner will be able to learn Minimal Pair /b/ and /v/ and the proper pronunciation.

b/ has the same mouth position as /p/, but using your voice. Try saying /p/ and then holding your neck to make sure that your voice is being used when you say /b/. There should be a sudden release of air as you say the sound, meaning that it is impossible to extend it. /v/ has the same mouth shape as /f/, but using your voice. Put your top teeth on your bottom lip. It is possible to extend this sound for as long as you like. If you are practicing 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.

Elementary

B V berry very

Pre-Intermediate

ban van bat vat beer veer boat vote bowl vole serb serve

Intermediate

bars vase best vest bet vet bowels vowels gibbon given

Upper-Intermediate

bale veil bent vent bury very bow vow

Advanced

bane vein bat vat beer veer bid vid bile vile biz viz bolt volt bowels vowels bowl vole broom vroom curb curve dribble drivel dub dove fibre fiver jibe jive lobes loaves rebel revel verb verve
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SUMMARY

/b/ has the same mouth position as /p/, but using your voice. Try saying /p/ and then holding your neck to make sure that your voice is being used when you say /b/. There should be a sudden release of air as you say the sound, meaning that it is impossible to extend it. /v/ has the same mouth shape as /f/, but using your voice. Put your top teeth on your bottom lip. It is possible to extend this sound for as long as you like.

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