How to practice the /w/ sound
Many of my accent reduction clients from India, Turkey, Germany and Russia need some instruction on how to practice the American /w/ sound.
Round your lips!
The /w/ sound in American English is articulated with rounded lips. Do not touch your teeth to your lower lips if you want make this sound the American way.
It’s like a quick kiss with your lips.
Here’s a Dialog with W that you can use to practice~
Kathy: Do you want to go for a walk on Wednesday?
Marie: Why Wednesday? Why not go on the weekend?
Kathy: I work on the weekends.
Marie: Oh well, that’s too bad! Can you walk on Wednesday?
Kathy: I can’t walk on Wednesday because I’m taking the family to Walmart.
Marie: Where is the nearest Walmart?
Kathy: It’s located on Wilson Avenue, just west of here.
Articulation video for the W sound
Here’s my articulation video for the /w/ sound.
Indian, Russian, German, Turkish Speakers
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