Review of how to form “w”: Push your lips in front of your teeth as you make a tight circle, almost like you were going to say "oo." Raise the back of your tongue high up in the back of your mouth. As you say the "w" sound, relax your lips. This is a voiced sound, so you will hear your voice when you say it. Be careful not to push air out when you say this sound, as any friction heard will make it sound like "v."
Illustration of correct lip placement Illustration of correct tongue placement
Practice the following words.
1. water 2. week 3. Wednesday 4. wonderful 5. work 6. windy 7. we 8. woman 9. would 10. watch
11. wonder 12. why 13. women 14. won't 15. will 16. when 17. want 18. what 19. wait 20. walk
Practice the following sentences.
Last Wednesday I waited for the bus.
My husband likes to walk to work.
Next week, I might buy some bottled water.
Whenwill you help me clean the house?
What do you want to do today?
We flew kites on a windy day.
The women all want to go shopping.
Your sister is a wonderfulwoman.
Wewillwait right here for you.
Whywon't you watch the road for me?
Practice the following paragraph. I’m at the end of my rope. It’s Wednesday, and I’m having a dinner party tomorrow night. My cleaning woman just phoned to say she wouldn’t be at work this morning because her car won’t start. Usually, I ask her to wash the floors, clean the windows, and vacuum all the carpets. I wish she hadn’t waited until the last minute to call me. I wonder how I'm going to finish all of this time.
Idiom: at the end of one’s rope Definition: not able to handle a situation any longer