31 May Top 5 Words with Phantom (Silent) Letters in American English
Have you ever noticed that letters in some English words are not pronounced? Here are the top five words that surprise non-native English speakers in my accent training courses.
The “b” in the word “bomb” is silent. Finish this word with an “m.” Other words that fit this pattern: limb, climb, lamb.
Again, no “b”! Skip the “b” and just pronounce the “t.” Other words like this: doubt.
Don’t pronounce the “l” in words ending in “-alk.” Pronounce an “ah” sound for the vowel (see tutorial here) and then produce a “k” to end the word. Other words that fit this pattern: walk, stalk, chalk.
Skip the “l” and end the word with “f.” Other words that fit this pattern: calf, behalf.
Skip the “p” and end the word with a “t.”
This list is just the beginning of all the confusion the English language as to offer. Subscribe to the blog to get the latest American English pronunciation tips.