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Hi.
After 15 years of studying English, I came to know that I cannot pronounce the letters 'v' and 'w' properly so the listners can distinguish them correctly.
When I say wedgie, people think that I am saying veggie, or when I ask for vodka, I am served with water.
Or people have hard times understanding me when I say the weather is windy.
I know that pronounciation should be taught practically with several times of repetition. But I would be grateful if you could tell me what the position of tongue should be when uttering each of these letters.
Meanwhile, how I can I practice saying them? It makes me disappointed, when native speakers do not understand me.
Are there certain words that I can start practicing by saying them.
I think that is the problem of many learners. Any idea, experience would be highly appreciated.
Thank you
Hamid
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I am not the expert, but my tongue seems uninvolved; it seems relaxed, and the oral cavity is open, relaxed and rounded.

It is a matter of placing the lower lip under the upper teeth for the initiation of V but of rounding and closing the protruded lips for W.

No doubt CJ will be along to make sense of my attempted explanation.
I am not a teacher of pronunciation (or anything else), but it seems to me that a good way to practice the w words is to start them with "oo." Shape your lips as thought you are blowing out a candle. (oo-windy, oo-water, etc.) Then, when you actually want to use the word in conversation, shape your mouth for the "oo" sound but don't actually pronounce it.

When you want to pronounce a "v" word, start with your top teeth pressing down on your bottom lip.

It's interesting, because to me the V and W sounds are nothing at all alike. I could understand confusing the V sound with the F sound, because they both have the same teeth-on-lip position, but the W is completely different. Please try my suggestions and tell me if they help at all.
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Thank you very much Mister Micawber for your help. Your comment is indeed helpful.
Thank you Khoff, your explanation was great. I will try to pronounce the letters correctly and see if I am understood properly this way.
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Thank you A.S.
It was great. The choice of words were magnificent.
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hrsaneiThank you A.S.It was great. The choice of words were magnificent.Who has mads this video?
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hrsanei I will try to pronounce the letters correctly and see if I am understood properly this way.
Please let me know!
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