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Sunday, November 16, 2008

- Learn how to pronounce it right -

here are some tips i got from a few sources which i tink gud for us in improving our pronunciation. check it out guys. for the 1st session here, i try to bring u a much easier topic which we will focus on how to pronounce English words wit "silent consonants".

Step1
Silent Letters in English Words There is no clear way to know about all the silent letters in English Words. The best you can do is to make lists and circulate among your friends to find and add more such words.

1 - Silent Letter B ‘b’ is silent in the words ending with ‘mb’. Climb, Crumb, Dumb, Comb, Lamb Silent Letter B ‘b’ is mostly silent when it is followed by ‘t’. Debt, Doubtful, Subtle (But not in some words, e.g. 'Obtain', 'Unobtrusive')

2 - Silent Letter C ‘c’ is mostly silent in the words beginning with ‘sce’ or ‘sci’ Muscle, Scène, Scent, Science, Scissors Silent Letter C ‘c’ is silent in the words ending with ‘scle’ Muscle, Corpuscle

3 - Silent Letter D ‘d’ is silent in the following common words. Handkerchief, Sandwich, Wednesday.

4 - Silent Letter G ‘g’ is silent in the words beginning with ‘gn’. Gnome, Gnaw, Gnats, Gnosis, Gnu Silent Letter G ‘g’ is often silent when it is followed by ‘n’ in the middle or end of a word.

5 - Silent Letters GH ‘gh’ is silent when it is followed by ‘t’. Ought, Fought, Thought, Taught, Daughter Night, Light, Might, Right, Fight Silent Letters GH ‘gh’ is mostly silent in the words when it is at the end. High, Sigh, Weigh, Neigh, sleigh Letters GH ‘gh’ sounds ‘ff’ when preceded by ‘ou’ Cough, Rough, Enough, Tough.

6 - Silent Letter H ‘h’ is silent in the words beginning with ‘wh’. However some people whisper ‘h’ before the ‘w’. What, Wham, Whip, Whiz, When, Where, Whether, Why Silent Letter H ‘h’ is silent, in many words, when it is at the beginning.

7 - In such cases the article ‘an’ is used. Hour, Honest, Honour, Heir, Herb Silent Letter H ‘h’ is silent in the words ending with ‘h’ and preceded by a vowel. Hah, Mynah, Cheetah, Sarah, Messiah

8 - Silent Letter H ‘h’ is silent in the words ending with ‘h’ and preceded by a consonant. Myrrh , Catarrh.

9 - Silent Letter K ‘k’ is silent in the words beginning with ‘kn’. Knife, Knee, Know, Knock, Knowledge.

10 - Silent Letter L ‘l’ is often silent when it is before ‘d’ and preceded by ‘ou’. Would, Should, Could Silent Letter L ‘l’ is often silent when it is before ‘f’ Half, Calf Silent Letter L ‘l’ is often silent when it is before ‘k’ Talk, Walk, Balk .

11 - Silent Letter L ‘l’ is often silent when it is before ‘m’ Calm, Balm, Salmon Silent Letter N ‘n’ is silent when it is behind ‘m’ at the end of a word. Autumn, Hymn, Damn, Column.

12 - Silent Letter P ‘p’ is silent in the words beginning with ‘pn’ Pneumatic, Pneumonia, pneumonic + ‘p’ is silent in the words beginning with ‘ps’ Psalm, Psychiatry, Psychology + ‘P’ is silent in the words beginning with the suffix ‘psych’. Psychiatrist, Psychotherapy, Psychotic + ‘p’ is silent in the words beginning with the suffix ‘pneu’. Pneumatic, Pneumonia.

13 - Silent Letter S ‘s’ is mostly silent when it is before ‘l’ in some words. Island, Isle.

14 - Silent Letter T ‘t’ is silent in the following common words. Often, Castle, Fasten, Listen, Rustle, Glisten, Thistle, Whistle, Wrestle, Christmas, Listening.

so we're done on our 1st topic. there might be mistakes here n there since i'm in process of learning too. do feel free to correct me if i'm mistaken. thanx guys!

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