10 silent letters you should check
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How to pronounce: words with silent letters
How horrible is the spelling of English!?!
It’s a non-phonetic language and this is one of the reasons why pronunciation of English is such a challenge.
Many words in English have silent letters. Silent letters are letters that you can’t hear when you say the word, but that are there when you write the word.
There are some silent letters that most students know, for example ‘b’ in ‘climb’. But there are some silent letters that are traps for many non-native speakers and as a result, I often hear them pronounced incorrectly.
So here is a list of the 10 most commonly mispronounced words that have silent letters.
The letter ‘d’ is silent in:
sandwich /ˈsæn.wɪdʒ/ and Wednesday /ˈwenz.deɪ/
The letter ‘p’ is slient in:
cupboard /ˈkʌb.əd/ and receipt /rɪˈsiːt/
The letter ‘b’ is silent in:
debt /det/ and plumbing /ˈplʌ.mɪŋ/.
The letter ‘e’ is silent in:
vegetable /ˈvedʒ.tə.bl̩/ and every /ˈev.ri/ and evening /ˈiːv.nɪŋ/
The letter ‘n’ is silent in:
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