Topic

/f/ vs /v/ – e.g. fan vs van

Complete the exercise by:

  1. Listening to the MP3 and noticing the sound differences
  2. Listening & repeating each word out loud.

fan – van
fæn – væn

foal – vole
fɔl – vɔl

fine – vine
fɑen – vɑen

leaf – leave
liːf – liːv

surf – serve
sɜːf – sɜːv

fife – five
fɑef – fɑev

loofahs – louvres
ˈlʉːfəz – ˈlʉːvəz

rifles – rivals
ˈrɑeflz – ˈrɑevlz

shuffle – shovel
ˈʃɐfl – ˈʃɐvl

sniffle – snivel
ˈsnɪfl – ˈsnɪvl

ferry – very
ˈferi – ˈveri

off – of
ɔf – ɔv

fast – vast
fɐːst – vɐːst

fee – V
fiː – v

foul – vowel
fæɔl – ˈvæɔl

gif – give
gif – gɪv

half – halve
hɐːf – hɐːv

life – live
laɪf – lɪv

proof – prove
prʉːf – prʉːv

safe – save
sæɪf – sæɪv

belief – believe
bəˈliːf – bəˈliːv

fail – veil
fæɪl – væɪl

fear – veer
fɪə – vɪə

fender – vendor
ˈfendɐ – ˈvendɐ

staff – starve
stɐːf – stɐːv

grief – grieve
griːf – griːv

calf – carve
kɐːf – kɐːv

duff – dove
f – dɐv

foist – voiced
foɪst – voɪst

waif – wave
wæɪf – wæɪv

Practice phrases to read out loud:

  1. Duff‘s live doves are a lifform.
  2. The waif will wave at the wolf or wolves.
  3. The fan had a van full of foals and voles.
  4. He sniffles and snivels off of this very ferry.
  5. Rivals with rifles shuffle shovels and fivfifes.
  6. She gives this foul vowel gifts of various ferries.
  7. The staff starved as the vendor fixed his fender.
  8. Fixing the vixen with fine vine wine only serves surfers.
  9. I believe belief will veer from fear and foists voices onto the voiceless.
  10. The lifesaver keeps lives safe by saving several suffering unsafe surfers.