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Pronunciation, Words

Note 76 – Remembering words (Pronunciation)


For the background to my writing challenge, please read my first blog by clicking the following link – http://wp.me/p1x6Ui-4. If you would prefer to dive straight into note 76, then please read on…

Using pronunciation to help remembering words

Bernard C Lambs, in his book The Queen’s English, talks a bit about how pronunciation can help you remember how to spell words .  Here are a couple of examples about vowels:

Long sounding vowels

A long sounding vowel is usually followed by one consonant and sometimes indicates a silent e after the consonant.  For example:

  • Dine
  • Cone
  • Phone

There will always be exceptions, but the rule if there to help with the majority.  Bernard C Lamb explains that the above does not work if the consonent is w, x or y.

Short sounding vowels

A short sounding vowels is usually followed by a double consonant letter, so can help to spell words such as

  • Dimmer
  • Connect
  • Committee

Again there will always be exceptions, but the rule if there to help with the majority.  Bernard C Lamb explains that the above does not work if the consonent is ‘L’.

Hope you have had a great day.  It’s been a fun one for me. Time for bed now as I’m very tired!

Until tomorrow…

Sandra

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Reference list:

Bernard C. Lamb The Queen’s English (2010), UK

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