English lesson – Pronouncing Silent letter English words ( Learn English for free)

English lesson – Pronouncing Silent letter English words ( Learn English for free)


“Shh……Silent Letter Words…. Hello everyone I am Niharika and welcome back to a new lesson. In today’s lesson we are gonna
look at “Shh… silent letter words. Now what are silent letter words? The letters
that you can’t hear, when you say the word, but when you write it or read it, the letter
is there, that’s English, quite confusing. Well interestingly sixty percent of English
words contained silent letter words. Wow! So in today’s lesson, we are gonna look
at the correct spellings and of course the correct pronunciation of these silent letter
words. And we just gonna look at five silent letters in this lesson, that’s the letter
“B”, letter “D”, letter “G”, letter “H” and letter “K”. So let’s dive
into these words and let’s learn how to pronounce them correctly. Now the first one
is the silent B, so when you say these words, the letter B goes silent. Let’s see, the
first one, Bomb, so many people when they use or when they say this word, they end up
pronouncing it as Bomb. What’s bomb? Now here the last B goes silent. So the correct
pronunciation of this word is bomb. You are gonna skip pronouncing the last B. It’s
not gonna be bomb, but it’s just gonna be bomb. Let’s have a look at another word
which is Climb. “I am climbing up the stairs” or “she climbs up the stairs”. So it’s
just climb. Again you are not gonna pronounce the last B here, it’s not gonna be climb.
It’s just gonna be climb. That’s the correct pronunciation. Let’s have a look at another
word, which is Doubt. “I have a doubt”. Now if you look at the spelling, the B comes
in the middle, but when you pronounce this word. It’s just doubt, something like dout.
You do not pronounce the letter B. Next one Thumb, so many people pronounce it as Thumb,
Thumbs Up. It’s not Thumbs up. It’s just Thumb. Even the little kids, like you ask
them, Oh honey, what finger is this? They will go like Thumb. It’s not Thumb, you
gotta correct them. The correct pronunciation is Thumb. The letter B is silent. And then
the last example that I have for you on the board is Subtle. Again here the letter B which
comes in the middle of the word. You need to skip pronouncing that letter and the correct
pronunciation of this word is Subtle. She has a very subtle voice. So the correct pronunciation
is Subtle. Now let’s have a look at some words, which has the letter D, when you read
it or when you write the word. But the moment you pronounce the word, the D is gone. You
do not pronounce that letter. So the first one is, Handkerchief, so it’s just handkerchief.
Well, handkerchief is the piece of cloth that you use to blow your nose in, so that’s
just handkerchief, it’s not hand kerchief. But it’s just handkerchief. You do not pronounce
the letter D. Another example, Oh! I am starving and I need to grab a nice delicious sandwich.
So it’s not sand wich. It is just sandwich. Again you do not pronounce the letter D. It’s
just sandwich; I am starving, could you please grab a sandwich for me? That’s the correct
pronunciation. The third one, the week, the day of the week. Which is Wednesday. So any
people make this mistake, they end up pronouncing it as Wednesday. Well, it’s not Wednesday.
It is Wednesday. You know something like, but that’s not how you spell it. The spelling
the correct spelling is this, however when you pronounce this word, its Wednesday. Now
let’s have a look at the letter G. The letter G, the correct pronunciation of these words
here is again saying good bye to the letter G, so it’s like cologne. If your man stinks,
he needs to spray some cologne, to smell nice. So again the letter G here goes silent. It’s
not cologne, but its cologne. That’s the correct pronunciation. Another word, which
is Campaign. We are campaigning for this new product, so its campaigning. It’s a campaign.
You do not say Camp again. That’s the incorrect pronunciation; it’s just campaign, where
the letter G goes silent. And then the other example that I have here is Sign, well you
need to sign these papers. So if you look at the spelling, it is Sign, but the letter
G is silent and the correct pronunciation of this word is sign, you need to sign the
papers. Now lets have a look at another silent letter, which is H. H makes the sound of Huh.
Now if you look at the words here, some of the examples and the most common words that
we use in our daily vocabulary, honest. Now many people pronounce it as honest. She is
such a honest girl. Honest that’s incorrect. You need not pronounce this H here. The correct
pronunciation of this word is honest. So it’s just gonna be honest. She is such an honest
person. It’s not honest. Another word, Honor. She is my maid of honor. So again honor, the
H here, which is at the beginning of the word, goes silent and the correct pronunciation
is honor. The maid of honor. Another one, Ooh, just an hour left, just an hour left,
it’s just hour, it’s not hour or haour. Well, people have different pronunciations
to this word, that’s absolutely incorrect. The correct pronunciation of this word is
hour. Again the H goes silent and then another example that I have for you, wherein the H
is in the middle of the word is, Anchor. Anchor is someone, who anchors shows, TV shows or
probably news channels. They are the anchors and here again, if you see the H comes in
the middle of the word, however it goes silent, when you pronounce the word, it’s just gonna
be, she is an excellent anchor. It’s not anchor, but it’s just anchor. And then the
last letter that I have for you, which goes silent, when you pronounce the words is K
and here are couple of examples for you, so the first one is, Knee. Knee is the part of
your body that joints your thigh and your calve, so that’s knee. Now the correct pronunciation
is knee, but the moment you look at the spelling. It’s Knee, so you keep wondering why is
it not Kanee? Well, it’s not kanee, but it’s just knee. The letter K at the beginning
of the word goes silent. Another one, I heard a knock at the door. So it’s just knock
at the door. But when you write it, don’t just write it as nock, the correct spelling
is with a K. But when you pronounce it, then it’s just knock. The K is silent. Another
one, Knife. Oh, I cut my finger with a knife. So its knife, as a kid I used to always pronounce
it as Kanife. Well, yes I did and my mom was like, that’s incorrect. The correct pronunciation
is knife. And I kept wondering, why is that? That’s English. So again letter K here is
silent and the correct pronunciation of this word is knife and not kanife. Next one Knowledge.
He has a lot of knowledge, why because he’s intelligent. So knowledge its again, the K
is silent and the correct pronunciation is knowledge, with a N and not with a K. And
then the last example that I have for you is, Knuckles. Well, your knuckles, yes, so
when you write it, you write it with a K, but when you pronounce it. It’s not kinuckles.
It’s just knuckles. The letter K is silent. So these are few words that have the silent
letters in it, keep practicing them, because they are really common and they just come
across in your daily conversation. And I’ll be back with a new lesson soon. Till then
you take care.

100 thoughts on “English lesson – Pronouncing Silent letter English words ( Learn English for free)

  1. Hello Niharika, Thank you for valuable information. could you please suggest different between the pronouncation of hour and our? Thanks again…

  2. Hello, Niharika. Thank you for so many good lessons. Do you have examples for the other letters, like T, N, etc. ?

  3. hi, NIHARIKA .you have explained nice way but where are the rules? I mean why these letters are not pronounced because these letter starts from other alphabets.

  4. Thumb is pronounced as THUMB….I ain't in a day of my life ever heard anyone pronounce THUMB as TUM…!! The stress is on the TH all the way through to the end at UMB!

  5. Thanks
    But how do I know that those letters come in between sentences? I mean you just spoke about these words if I see somewhere else how do I understand that it's silent. For example "k" is silent when it comes first of a word. I would be happy that you make a vedio about it.

  6. Nice video and so cute expression I love it 😊 and one thing explain to me how you know silent words and how to find silent words plz rpl me as soon as possible thank you

  7. Thanks for video niharika mam… i will request you to make any video on r silent since r silent is so much important.

  8. Mam i love ur videos but i am little bit confuse, when u say Handkerchief.I understand 'd'is silent there but u pronounce 'ch'as 'cha' not 'sh' as you pronounce in last video

  9. How we will come to know which letter should be silent, is there any rules. For example when two vowels come together the first vowel will take long sound LEAP BEAN COAT. Please let me know remaining rules if it is there.

  10. Are pagal climb ka to tune meaning hi badal dia. Jyada smart mat ban. Tab to lamb ko lam padhenge n or land ko lan. Kuch nahi ata tujhe. Idiot, lol!!!!!

  11. Bomb is too pronounced with the letter "b" at the end.

    Bomb pronounced without the "b" at the end becomes: balm!

    Like an ointment of sorts.

  12. Somebody like the teacher in this video ought to invest their time in remedial school for English…

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