The presence of ‘silent letters’ in English words is one aspect of learning to read and speak English that many English language learners find difficult and unfortunately the English language has a lot of silent letters. Silent letters in words are letters that are written in the word, but not pronounced when the word is spoken. Silent letters can cause difficulties for both native speakers and English learners alike, so it is important to try and learn to recognize the silent letters found in commonly used English words. Below I’ve listed a number of English words that have silent letters. You will notice though that I have taken the silent letters out of the words. See if you can figure out what the words are and what the letters are that are missing. Remember the missing letters in these words will be “silent” when you say them, but they should be present when you write these words. When you are done with this little exercise you might also want to check out this website where you can click on English words that contain silent letters and hear how to pronounce them correctly.
First, give this a try. Try to figure out what silent letters are missing in the words in this list. The answers are below.
Answers: 1. h; 2. h; 3. b ; 4. n ; 5. n ; 6. l ; 7. h ; 8. g ; 9. w ; 10. h ; 11. n ; 12. p ; 13. d ; 14. t ; 15. w