There are a few people who campaign for English language spelling reform. I admire them, I really do, there is so much to be reformed. But alas I fear they are doomed to failure for several reasons. One of which is English's inadequate alphabet. There are (at least) 44 sounds in English, but only 26 … Continue reading NG should probably be one letter
Let's move on down the alphabet, make way for the letter O. Got it? Oh yes. As with all vowels letter O has several pronunciations. Today we'll look at short /ɒ/ as in clock or orange, and long /əʊ/ as in go and old. _________ Pull out phonemic section starts _________ Before we go any … Continue reading The long and short of O
This post is about the letter H. Some people like to call it 'aitch' some people like to call it ' haitch', but I'm not a prescriptivist, you can call it whatever you like. Maybe Harry or Bert. If you want to google 'how to pronounce H', you'll find the BBC says the standard pronunciation is … Continue reading When H is a vowel
Here we have the letter G, a nice hard /g/ sound like guitar, go, game and guidebook, and... giraffe....and ginger... and GIF? Oh no, it's like the letter C all over again! How to pronounce it. For hard /g/ as in guitar and go. Raise the back of your tongue up to stop your breath, … Continue reading Letter G is a gangster
This is the sound that English learners love to hate, and many English speakers don't actually realise is two slightly different sounds. We're talking about TH as in that, then, this, feather, with (which is voiced /ð/) or thin, thumb, thick, thunder and moth (which is unvoiced /θ/) How to make the sound So both … Continue reading TH – what the actual?
Letter B, it is so nice and reliable without a doubt. Wait a sec! That's dumb, letter B is not such a friendly letter after all. Listen to this post and read along here How to make the sound Press your lips together, slightly, your teeth don't touch. Let a little air out and stop. That's … Continue reading When is a B not a B?
The letter A, as we saw here, has a lot of different pronunciations. This time we`ll look at the long /ɑ:/ as in bar, car, and jar. How to make the sound When you go to the dentist, you open your mouth and say ahhhh. Do the same but not so wide, your tongue is … Continue reading Bars, cars, jars and …wars