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Talk a Lot

Talk a Lot Clear Alphabet Dictionary Silent Letters Answers: Normal Spelling: CA Spelling: Silent Letter(s) (in spelling but not pronounced): autumn Or tm n build Bild u butter Bu t t, er candidate Kan d dt i, a, e cinema Si n m e, a criminal Kri m nl i, a customer Ku st m o, er debt Det b differ Di f f, er elephant E l fnt e, a escalator E sk lei t a, or giraffe j Rarf i, f, e gorilla g Ri l o, l, a guess Ges u, s illness Il ns l, e, s indicator In d kei t i, or knee Nee k manager Ma n j a, er mechanic m Ka nik e, h menopause Me n porz o, e minute Mi nit u, e muscle Mu sl c, e negative Ne g tiv a, e Norwich No rich w often O fn t, e orchestra Or k str h, e, a possible Po s bl s, i, e sausage So sij a, e school Skool h separation se p Rei shn a, io skeleton Ske l tn e, o sledge Slej d, e solicitor s Li s t o, i, or suggest s Jest u, g supporter s Por t u, p, er syllable Si l bl l, a, e terminal Ter m nl i, a thermometer tt Mo m t er, e, er together t Ge th o, er weather We th a, er what Wot h whatever wo Te v h, er whenever we Ne v h, er wrist Rist w wrong Rong w young Yung o Talk a Lot Clear Alphabet Dictionary English 163

Talk a Lot Clear Alphabet Dictionary Hidden Sounds Here are some good examples of words and phrases in the dictionary which have hidden sounds – sounds which are heard when you say the word, but don’t appear in the normal spelling. There are no clues that they exist so students have to learn the hard way – by making mistakes. In the Clear Alphabet, hidden sounds are revealed, because all sounds are written – apart from embedded schwa sounds. Can you think of any more words in each category? Hidden Sound: y commuter emu euthanasia humiliate knew millionaire new numeral onion queue security k Myoo t Ee myoo yoo tt Nei ziy hyoo Mi lii yeit Nyoo mil y Neir Nyoo Nyoo m rl Un yn Kyoo s Kyuuw r tii Hidden Sound: g Spelling Rule: “gu” can be pronounced: gw e.g. anguish, penguin, languid, etc. language Lang gwij Hidden Sound: ch Spelling Rule: “tu” is often pronounced: ch e.g. tune, attitude, tuna, etc. expenditure medical student punctuation mark stupid Tuesday e Kspen d ch Me d kl schoo dnt pung kch Wei shn mark Schoo pid Choo zdei Hidden Sound: j Spelling Rule: “du” is often pronounced: j e.g. dune, duty, due, etc. produce pr Joos Hidden Sound: ng Spelling Rule: “nk” is often pronounced: ngk e.g. think, ink, bank, sank, etc. pink uncle Pingk Ung kl Talk a Lot Clear Alphabet Dictionary English 164

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