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Lesson 15

Long U sounds : ue  u_e  u  ui  ew
Greek Sounds : ph=f   ch=k
Silent letters : kn  wr  gn  mb  mn

LEARNING WITH PHONICS - LESSON 15 VIDEO

MONA'S QUICK GUIDE

My whole programme is DEcoding, but on this one page, for a change, I am giving you different ways to spell one sound, ENcoding. Encoding synthetic phonics programmes such as Letters and Sounds have no rules except toward the end. DEcoding programmes such as mine have rules as you go along!


Long U sounds

There ARE no rules (that I know of) for ui and ew, so putting them beside the other already-learned (by rules) spellings for the long u sound makes a change. There are 5 different ways to make the long u sound :
  • ue: blue   glue   tissue
  • u_e: cube   tube   student
  • u: music   usual   humid
  • ui: suit   fruit   juice
  • ew: few   stew   grew

Greek sounds (ph  ch)

Our language is enriched by contributions from other languages – French, German, Latin, Greek, Arabic, Urdu! 

From Greek we have: 

ph (= f) dolphin    elephant.
ch (=k) echo    school


Silent letters

Some letters are silent k before n, and w before r at the beginning of words: know    knock    wrong    wrap

b and n are silent, as in –mb and –mn: comb    lamb    hymn    autumn,  but sounded in longer words: autumnal

Silent h,g at the beginning of words: hour    honest    gnash    gnome

In “sign” the g is silent, but with a suffix it is sounded: signal    signature.

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Long U

ph ch


Silent letters