English Pronunciation: B vs V sounds

One of the most common pronunciation mistakes that I hear is the pronunciation of the v sound as a b sound (for example, saying BERRY when you really mean to say VERY).

This is especially common among Spanish and Catalan speakers, but reviewing the difference between these two similar sounds can be useful for practically any English learner.

So check out this short, but useful video and then read the transcript to help you understand everything:


Hey RealLifers, what’s going on? This is Ethan with a special one minute video for you. So, today I’m going to talk to you about the difference between the B and the V sound in English.

This is a problem that is very common with Spanish and Catalan speakers, as in these languages the B and the V sound is often very similar or exactly the same. So, the B sound is very similar to the P sound, but instead of it being unvoiced, like the P sound, it’s voiced. So, what I mean by voiced is that, when you make it, your vocal chords vibrate. So, it’s… (B sound)

The V sound, is actually made quite differently. It’s made like the F sound, but it’s also voiced, like the B sound. So, that sounds something like this: (V sound), where your teeth touch your bottom lip. So, V, F.


  • berry very b vs vBerry and Very
  • Boat and Vote
  • Ban and Van
  • Serb and Serve
  • Lobes and Loaves

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  • Andrea Caldana says:

    Nice!! Could be even nicer if you add some short texts or sentences including both sounds (minimal pair) for sts to read aloud. And if possible reduce background noises. Just a suggestion. Thanks! Like it very much indeed!

  • Really good i hear every Day Your podcast it so amazing

  • Monica Galesio says:

    Great! Thanks !!!

  • Ethan Zinho says:

    Thank you!

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  • Imrana Rafat says:

    This was very helpful. Thanks! I wanted to ask something though. If the ‘v’ is pronounced as ‘b’, then what about ‘w’? Is that too
    pronounced as ‘b’?