How to Say V & Teaching Cues

How To Say V

To learn how to make the V sound you must know what each articulator (lips, tongue, teeth, breath, and voice) does. 

Lips: Lips are almost closed. They are in a neutral position (not rounded or in a smile).

Tongue: It is relaxed in a neutral position

Teeth: The top teeth rest lightly on the bottom lip

Jaw: The jaw is up and centered

Breath: /V/ is a fricative sound which means the breath is constant, no breaks or stops

Voice: /V/ is a voiced sound so the voice box is on. 

Please say V in front of a mirror and look and feel what all your articulators are doing. Once you have a good handle on how to say V, you can teach your child!

Tip: If you have been working on F, V is very similar. The only difference is voicing. V is a voiced sound. 

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How to use this section:

I will introduce all cues that I find helpful. Please read and become familiar with each one. You will not use all of them. Instead, when you are ready to start practicing, you will try a few and figure out which ones are most helpful for your child. Most likely, you will use a combination of a few. Please refer back to this section as needed!

Speech therapists use a variety of cues during therapy including tactile (touch), verbal (words), and visual (visual models/mirrors) to elicit a correct sound production. Below are the most useful cues for V.


  1. Point to your lip (to encourage your child to put teeth on lip)
  2. Point to your mouth as you model the correct production


  1. Say "bite lip"
  2. Say “teeth on bottom lip"
  3. Say "teeth"


  1. Touch bottom lip to remind your child to “bite” lip
  2. Tell your child to touch lip and feel teeth (tactile & verbal)

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What's Next

Now that your know how to say V and what cues are helpful, head over to Teach V to start practicing with your child. 

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