Tuesday, June 21, 2011

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
Silent T : castle, Christmas, fasten, listen, often (usually North American English), whistle





Well, as they say, nothing tried is nothing learned. So let's try some sentences to help us practice these letters. Click here.





Do you think you can read the sentences perfectly? Go to this page and record yourself saying the sentences there!








Which sentence(s) was/were the easiest?








Which was/were the most difficult?