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Pronunciation challenge - Silent letters (thanks to Angela Oliveira)

If you read or speak any English, you must have already noticed that there are a lot of letters in words that we DON'T pronounce. These are called Silent letters. They are silent, not invisible, meaning you don't pronounce them but you have to write them.

So to help us with these letters, here is a list of them:

Silent letters from A to Z (actually from B to T)

Silent B: debt, comb, climb, plumber, doubt
Silent C :muscle, science, prescient
Silent D : handkerchief, sandwich, Wednesday
Silent E : hope, drive, site, mime, type, live (most words that end in "e")
Silent G: gnome, gnaw, champagne, foreign, paradigm, campaign, sign
Silent GH : though, daughter, weigh
Silent H : what, when, hour, honest, heir, vehicle
Silent K :knife, knot, knee, kneel, knock, knowledge
Silent L : calm, palm, colonel, half, salmon, talk, would, should
Silent N: autumn, hymn, solemn
Silent P :psychiatrist, pneumonia, psychotherapy, psychotic, raspberry, shepherd, cupboard
Silent S : island, isle, aisle
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