Long vowel sounds: Silernt E Rule

To determine if the vowel is long when you are reading, look for the silent “e”.  When a word ends in an e, the vowel before it is pronounced long.  For example: A:  short a…cap   long a with the silent “e” rule…cape E:  short e…pet   long e with the silent “e” rule…Pete I:  short i…pin   long i with the silent “e” rule…pine O:  short o…not   long o with the silent “e” rule…note U:  short u…cut   long a with the silent “e” rule…cute

Diagraphs: Two Letters that Make One Sound

A digraph is term used to describe two or more letters that make one sound.  Here are some common digraphs: CH:  pronounced “ch” in cheese, inches, church SH:  pronounced “sh” in shoe, mission, wish WH:  pronounced “w” in when, where, why TH:  pronounced “th” in this, weather, with PH:  pronounced “f” in photo, hyphen, autograph TCH:  pronounced “ch: in itch, catch, stretch WR:  pronounced “r”:  write, wrong, wrench

How do I pronounce the letters QU?

The letters QU are used together in many words.  Pronounce this two letter combination as KW.  This is the case in words like quit, queen, quiz, query, quick, quarter, and question. As always, there is an exception.  QU can be pronounced K like in the word conquer.  

How do I read the letters SH?

English spelling is quite confusing for most of my clients.  Today during a session, a client read the word SHOE as S-H-EW.   Seeing two letters, S and H, it makes sense that it would be spoken/read S+H.  However, this is not the case.  When the letters SH are together in a word, we read and pronounce them as ONE sound, SH.  To make the SH sound, pucker your lips and blow.  This is quite different than saying S+H.  For that sound combination the lips would smile then relax. There are other two letter combinations like SH.  Read about them here.  

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