Approximant Consonant Sounds
Approximant consonant sounds are made by bringing two articulators close together without them touching as sound leaves the body. The result is a smooth, vowel-like sound. English pronunciation has 3 approximant phonemes (see also lateral approximant for /l/):
All of these approximant sounds are voiced, the vocal cords vibrate as the sound is produced.
Spellings for the approximant sounds are underlined below:
/w/: went, quite, once
/j/: yawn, fuel, few