Can someone please guide me in the direction where I can learn to properly pronounce 'V' and 'B' so that each letter I pronounce is clear?

I have a slight Spanish accent, in case anyone needs to know.

  • Practice viciously? Ba-a Ba-a Black sheep.... and you will be victorious.
    – 3kstc
    Aug 21, 2016 at 23:40
  • Depending on your problem, a phonoaudiologist may help you.
    – Centaurus
    Aug 21, 2016 at 23:55
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    When you make B sound you press your lips together. When you make a V sound you gently press your upper teeth against your lower lips.
    – Hot Licks
    Aug 22, 2016 at 0:37

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The "F"

Are you able to pronounce the letter "f"? Because both "f" and "v" are labiodental fricative consonants. The only difference is that "v" is voiced.

How do you get better? Practice. Say fricative words over and over until you can distinctly identify how to produce the voiced consonant ("v") and the voiceless consonant ("f"). Take these words for example:

  • Fun
  • Fair
  • Fear
  • Finish
  • Forum

And then, consider these words:

  • Van
  • Vear
  • Vodka
  • Virus

All the words in both sets above are pronounced by pressing your top teeth against your bottom lip and doing one of two things:

  • Blowing the air inside your mouth out through and under the teeth
  • Vibrating the vocal chords, creating a hum.
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    More clear to say "pressing your top teeth against your bottom lip".
    – Random832
    Aug 22, 2016 at 4:08
  • I seem to do fine with 'f's. On Dragon Naturally Speaking it's fine except for when I say 'fact' which comes out as 'back' on the screen. I'm having a real hard time with the 'v's. Can you please tell how I can go about acquiring the services of a local professional who can help me with my pronunciation? Aug 22, 2016 at 21:18

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