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. 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 the "w" 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. away 2. beware 3. awkward 4. always 5. driveway 6. someone 7. anyone 8. no one 9. everyone 10. award
Practice the following sentences. 1. Someone is standing in our driveway. 2. The “beware of dog” sign is in an awkward place. 3. I am alwaysaware of my surroundings. 4. No one is going away on vacation that I know of. 5. Everyone on my team received an award. 6. We went northwest on the highway. 7. There were fewer than 20 people at the baby shower. 8. Matt lowered the height of the lawn mower blade. 9. Going forward, plant your flower bulbs in the fall. 10. Anyone and everyone from work can come to my party.
Practice the following paragraph. It seems like forever since anyone at my company has taken a vacation. My coworkers and I schedule vacation time, but no one seems to be able to actually get away from work. Everyone's vacations always seem to be canceled because of a crisis or problem. One of the reasons is that our team has fewer than six people at the moment, because of budget cuts. Give me a break! Going forward, I am going to make sure and take my vacations, as scheduled, that's it.
Idiom: give me a break (also pronounced "gimme a break") Definition: give me a chance, stop it, don't be so harsh