Pronunciation exercises: /b/ vs /v/

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van /væn/


ban /bæn/

/b/ is a bilabial voiced phoneme. /v/ is a labiodental voiced phoneme. The difference between /b/ and /v/ is the same as the difference between /p/ and /f/ (voiceless counterparts).

Minimal pairs[edit]

There are very few minimal pairs contrasting /b/ and /v/

  • ban - van; berry, burry - very; best - vest; bet - vet; boat - vote; curb (v., n.AmE), kerb (n.BrE) - curve; Serb - serve

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