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More specifically, you should default to the use of the b sound rather than using a v. When you break it down (like in a linguistics class) there are actually two sounds at play, a hard b with the lips fully closed and a "softer" one. HOWEVER, it has nothing at all to do with the letter b or v, but rather instead where the b/v sound appears in the word / sentence. Long story short, whenever I see a v, I pretend it's a b. Most dialects don't have a true v sound like in English.