Pronunciation: F vs P

The pronunciation of the English [F] and [P] consonant sounds can be tricky, especially for native Asian language speakers. These two difficult consonant sounds do not sound the same. To better understand how to pronounce the English [F] and [P] consonant sounds, watch the video “Pronunciation: F vs P” and make sure to repeat after me.

 

[F] sound [V] sound
fine vine
fairy very
face vase
enough love
fluffy vivacious
figure vigor / vigorously
a life a live
flowers lives / lives

How to Pronounce the [F] sound

Rest your top teeth gently on your relaxed bottom lip and simply blow air.

How to Pronounce the [V] sound

Use the same mouth shape as the [F] sound and make a vibrating sound with your vocal chords while you breathe out.

Example Sentences

1. You have a very fine face for a fairy.
2. He lives a vivacious life with a vigorous love of flowers.
3. That’s very funny.
4. It’s not fluffy enough.
5. That’s a very fine vase.

More Example Sentences

1. You have a very fine face for a fairy.
2. He lives a vivacious life with a vigorous love of flowers.
3. That’s very funny.
4. It’s not fluffy enough. (*The ‘gh’ in enough uses the [F] sound.)
5. That’s a very fine vase.

 

If you’d like more help with the pronunciation of difficult consonant sounds in English, check out my full online English pronunciation course:

English Pronunciation 1 - Difficult Consonant Sounds

 

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