In a nutshell
In a language in which so many letters have variable pronunciations, letter v is a nice exception: it consistently makes the ‘v is for van’ sound.
Letter v song
This is an upbeat song featuring several words starting with the letter v and with a guide to how to form the letter in writing.
V in geography
How many countries in the world can you name that begin with the letter v? There are four in all. (See below for answer).
If English is not your child’s first language, they may have some difficulty in correctly pronouncing the letter v.
Especially if your child’s first language is Spanish, Japanese, Chinese or Filipino, they may struggle to differentiate ‘v’ from ‘b’. This podcast provides a good guide on how to correctly pronounce the two letters.
An even greater challenge for learners of English occurs with the ‘v’ and ‘w’ sounds, as many other languages have different approaches to them. You may wish to listen to this podcast for help in forming these sounds correctly. The podcast states that for native speakers of American English, ‘v’ and ‘w’ are very distinct sounds. This is absolutely correct, but it doesn’t only apply to American English – whether it be British, Australian, Canadian, Irish or New Zealand English, mixing ‘v’ with ‘w’ always sounds a little bit unusual.
This is a nice tongue twister focusing on letter b as well as letter v:
Elizabeth has eleven elves in her very big backyard boulevard.
And here is one that challenges you on ‘v’ and ‘w’:
Wendell Vaccario wasted vine after vine.
‘I Spy’ words
‘I spy with my little eye, something beginning with…’ is a great game to play to reinforce the sound that a letter makes and it can be a fun game to kill some time – for example on a long car trip.
Here is a selection of short words starting with ‘v’ for you use:
van, vet, vacuum cleaner, violin, vegetables, vinegar, vitamins, vase, vest, vine, vein, villa, vowel, vanilla, volcano, village, valley, video.
Answers to geographical question
The Letter V Worksheets
This letter u worksheet gives your child lots of opportunities to practice writing capital V.
This letter v worksheet focuses on the lower case letter v.
This worksheet gives your child an introduction to the basic sound that ‘v’ makes, and also allows them to practice writing the capital and lower case letter v.
This worksheet provides a further opportunity for your child to become familiar with the letter v sound.