Hey guys! I'm Emma from mmmEnglish and
welcome to another video lesson! This is
actually part 2 of a video series about
silent letters in English words so if
you want to watch part 1,
you can watch it here or here... I can't
remember where... I never remember where!
Anyway, or the links in the
description under this video so you can
find it there. In part one of the video
we went through silent letters that are
in the first half of the alphabet, so
from A to L. So, we've still got half to
go. But luckily for you the letter M is
usually pronounced and so you don't have
to worry about the letter M. N on the
other hand, you do have to worry about!
Now, before i explain i want to show you
the difference between M and N so that
you can hear and you can see the
difference in my mouth when I'm
explaining because it can get a bit
confusing! So, M you'll see that all of
my lips are touching, all the way along,
like in the word 'mum' or or in 'mmmEnglish'
or 'Emma'. The letter N; my mouth is open
actually and it's my tongue that's doing
the work. So, my tongue is lifting to the
roof of my mouth, behind my teeth; N, N.
So, now you can see the difference
between M and N. It's important because
when i'm explaining the silent letter N
it actually is silent when it's next
to M. Confusing, huh?
Let's look at some examples!
DAMN (like damn it!)
HYMN (a song that you sing in church)
The letter P can also be silent in words
like receipt psychology and psycho.
Now, remember that P can also be silent
or it changes when it's next to a H
and together PH can often mean and F
sound, like in the examples paragraph and
telephone. Now the letter R is not silent
in American English but it can be in
British English and also Australian
English. If you think about words like
'butter', 'butter', the R at the end of the
word is not pronounced. Now an S can also
be silent and i know that you've already
struggled with this one!
and AISLE (the bride walked down the aisle)
So, an S can be a little
bit sneaky, that one! Now, the letter T can
also be a bit sneaky and it can also be
silent. Like in these examples and
there's quite a few!
Cheeky little T!
Now the letter U can also be
silent and i bet you didn't think of
that letter when we started talking
about silent letters in English! But it's
quite common. Have a look at all of these
examples of really common english words. Words like,
It's also not usually pronounced in
adverbs like 'beautifully', 'wonderfully'.
The letter W is silent when it's at the
start of a word before the letter R. Like,
It's also not pronounced in these common
Well that's it for silent letters and
for the silent letter series. If you've
got any questions or comments just put
them into the comments section under
this video so i can get back to you!
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