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I will get to the "v" pronunciation in a little while. However, before that, I want to fill you in on why English pronunciation and just speaking English in general seems difficult for you.

One very big reason is that in order to speak English, you have to use a lot of facial muscles you don't need to use when speaking in Japanese.

Basically when talking in Japanese, your lower lip, under the lip, the chin and the jaw area around the chin remain rather static.  You don't have to move many muscles in a strenuous way to make Japanese souns.  Part of the reason for this is that the vowels in Japanese have only one sound associated with each one.  A = ah  I = ee  U = ooh   E = eh  and O = oh  and that's it.

The vowel sounds are solidly set and even when the consonant is put before them, they keep their same sounds.  So the Japanese speaker doesn't have to do many acrobatics with the mouth, nor move the muscles so much surrounding the mouth to speak.

Of course, a lot of sounds in English simply don't exist in Japanese.  There is no "th", no clean distinction between "r" and "l", no clean distinction between the "b" and the "v".  Very often, the Japanese confuse the "f" and the "h".                      (V.C)

お役立ち英会話表現 87
in a little while     もうすぐ、しばらくしたら
fill in on 〜      〜について話をする
facial muscles       顔の筋肉
static           静止した、動かない
associated with 〜    〜と関連する
clean distinction         ハッキリとした違い

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