Silent Letters


Silent Letters

SILENT LETTERS are letters that you can’t hear when you say the word, but that are there when you write the word. The English language has a lot of silent letters. Silents letters cause spelling and pronunciation difficulties for English learners. For example, in silent B, you say “boming” for the word bombing, or in silent D, you say “Wenesday” for the word Wednesday, or in silent G, you say “campain” for the word campaign.


It is essential for English learners to be able to identify and understand silent letters because this will improve your spelling, pronunciation, and writing skill, as well as boost your confidence.


Do you know what type of silent letters the words on the list below are?

• knife

• damn

• psychology

• build

• wrap

• castle

• design

• sandwich

• muscle

• thumb



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