English has 3 approximant sounds (as well as lateral approximant /l/):
/j/ you, yeah /w/ we, war /r/ row, raw
What are approximant sounds?
- They are vowel-like consonant sounds because we don’t block the airflow fully.
- The /j/ sound is similar in position to the vowel sound /i:/.
- The /w/ sound is similar in position to the vowel sound /u:/, air is partly blocked at the back of the mouth and with the lips.
- The /r/ sound involves moving your tongue close to the alveolar ridge (without touching it).
/j/ young, yams, useful, yolk, yacht, yoga, yuck, your, yell/w/ west, walking, worry, web, would, wood, worst, word/r/ reply, racy, orange, caravan, radical, raft, wrong, riot
/j/ Yonkers youths used to use yellow yaks to ride to Europe./w/ One Wednesday last week, I woke up to find Wally walking weirdly./r/ Running rings around Rebecca really irritates Ronald.