[f] ‘f’ as in ‘fan’

The F and V consonant sounds. These two sounds are paired together because they take the same mouth position. FF is unvoiced, meaning only air passes through the mouth, and vv is voiced, meaning, uh, uh, vv, you’re making a sound with the vocal cords. To make this sound, the bottom lip raises and touches the very bottom of the top front teeth. Ff, vv. You don’t want to see your bottom lip disappear like that. It’s actually the back side of the lip that’s making contact with the teeth, ff, vv.

Here is a photo of the F and V consonant sounds on the right compared with the mouth at rest. Here parts of the mouth are drawn in. The soft palate is raised for these consonant sounds. The bottom lip simply raises to touch the top teeth. The tongue touches lightly behind the bottom teeth. Sample words. Fan/van, fault/vault, photo/vote. Sample sentence: They served a very fresh oven-baked flounder fillet. Now you’ll see this sentence upclose and in slow motion, both straight on and from an angle, so you can really study how the mouth moves when making this sound.

They, tongue comes through the teeth for the TH sound. Served, here is the R consonant sound, and now watch the bottom move up for the V. A very, again, the V sound, bottom lip up. Fresh. The bottom lip once again makes the F sound, and the SH lip position. Oven, with the V sound. Baked, lips together for the B. Flounder, bottom lip up for the F. And fillet. Again, the bottom lip up for the F position. The ‘ay’ as in ‘say’ diphthong. They, tongue through the teeth for the TH sound, and the ‘ay’ as in ‘say’ diphthong. Served, R position and then the bottom lip for the V. A very, bottom lip up for the V. Fresh, bottom lip up to make the F sound, Fresh. Mouth takes the SH position. Oven, bottom lip up to make the V sound. Lips together for the B in baked. Back of the tongue up to make the kk sound. Flounder, bottom lip up for the F sound. The ‘ow’ as in ‘now’ diphthong. And again the bottom lip up to make the F in fillet. Fillet with the ‘ay’ as in ‘say’ diphthong. That’s it, and thanks so much for using Rachel’s English.

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