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Pronunciation English Lesson: Silent Letters Part 2

Posted by Lindsay McMahon on Thu, May 05, 2011 @ 09:11 AM

pronunciation english lessonToday we have a pronunciation English lesson on silent letters.  Unlike other languages, in English we don't always pronounce words in the same way that we spell them. For example, did you know that "climb" and "crime" end with the same sound? Do you know any other words which have a silent letter "B"? I can think of 3 others- "crumb" "dumb" and "comb". How do you remember which letters are silent in different words? First, you need to listen to English as much as possible. Try to create an English-only environment at home. Second, you need to speak as much as possible using the correct pronunciation. Third, in order to be sure that you are using the correct pronunciation, it might help to work with a qualified English tutor. Watch this video on silent letters to get started!

Do you know which letter is silent in these words?


  • Autumn and Hymn
  • Psychiatrist and Pneumonia
  • Island and Isle
  • Though, Daughter, Through and Weigh



Now practice these sentences:


  • We found debris all over the isolated island.
  • What is the best way to weigh the meat?
  • I thought his daughter went through the test thoroughly.



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photo credit- Cristian V

Topics: English Pronunciation, English Lessons, Video Lessons

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