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Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Raena, Jun 7, 2007.

  1. Raena

    Raena Diabloii.Net Member

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    pronunciation

    My boyfriend and I just had an discussion about how to pronounce the V in English. Neither of us has English as his mother language.

    Is the pronunciation of a V the same as a W or is it more like a soft F?
     
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    nosoup4crr Diabloii.Net Member

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    you put your top teeth on your bottom lip, like you would if you were pronouncing and "F" sound. However, instead of blowing air through your teeth, like you would with an F, make an "uh" sound--like the vowel sound in "gut."

    If you're having trouble...just say "gut" and extend how long you pronounce the "u," then put your teeth down on your lower lip. Bada Bing!
     
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    Pretend it's a B and F squashed together.
     
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    It's how you pronounce 'w' in german words. Wirklich!
     
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    Soft 'F', as in the word 'of'.



     
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    nosoup4crr Diabloii.Net Member

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    anybody first say to themselves, "man, this chick is stupid...there's no "v" in the word english?" haha. I know I did.
     
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    I wish I could explain it technically. I'm not as cunning a linguist as a I used to be....

    Would the proper term be an aspirated "F"?
     
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    Soft f is the way!
     
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    I know there have been multiple responses now, but the first thing that I was thinking as to how to describe the sound is a soft f sound, similar to saying the word "fee".
     
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    Vee haf vays of making you tock.
     
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    I personally think the easiest way to help is to first of all know their native languages, and then have someone with knowledge of that explain a similar sound in that language.

    Thus my German reference.



     
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    I'm Dutch and my boyfriend is Danish. In Dutch you pronounce the V like a soft F and in school I was taught the the V is pronounced pretty much the same in English. In Danish they pronounce the V and the W the same (like a Dutch W). And he learned in school that in English it's pronounced pretty much the same.
    So either the Dutch or the Danish schools are messing up and don't know what they're talking about.
    The funny thing in Danish is that they don't really use the W. They only words they use it in are words they stole from English, like weekend for example.
     
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    It's more like the f, nothing like the w really.

    Watch some American TV or something, it'd be too hard to explain the sound in text.
     
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    it is pronounced with the same sound as the 'w' in the German word wurst, brat wurst. it is also the same starting sound as the German city Wiesbaden.

    or you can pronounce 'V' as 5, ha
     
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    I still say wurst the english way... I'll have to listen to how others around here say it.:scratch:



     
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    Donnie just got dominated by Star Dust. And in matters relating to language!
     
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    In English we say doubleyou for w.
    How do the Dutch say w?



     
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    I know it's voiced, I figured the OP wouldn't know what that meant though. I could also have pointed out that it's a labiodental fricative.

    I wonder also, I suspect something similar from what I've seen in other languages that use "w".



     
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    2 pages and noone thought of the idea of including a link to a sound file?
     

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