/b/ and /v/

When making the /v/ sound, the lower lip moves up and does not touch the lower teeth. The /v/ sound is voiced, which means that we use our vocal chords to make it.  If you place your hand on your throat when making the /v/ sound you will feel a vibration.

When making the /b/ sound, the lips come together and then open when the air is released. The /b/ sound is also voiced.


Read these words to your student(s) and have them repeat.


/v/                       /b/

voting                 boating

vat                        bat

van                       ban

vase                     base

vent                     bent

vote                    boat

very                    berry

vow                     bow

dove                   dub


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