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Spelling & Sound

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To, too and two

Unfortunately, the relationship between spelling and sound in English is highly irregular. Consequently, this area needs a lot of attention. Look for patterns, and learn the many exceptions.

 

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English Is Not Phonetic

A short introduction to the problem of spelling and pronunciation in English. 

Level: Pre-Inter to Intermediate. This website has sound Go>

Silent Letters

A-Z of examples from BBC World Service.

Level: Intermediate to Advanced. You need RealPlayer.  This website has sound Go>

Quiz - Intermediate level

Magic 'E'

Magic 'e' at the end of words changes the pronunciation of the vowel before it.  

Levels: All. This website has sound Go>

How to Pronounce '-ed' Words

Level: Intermediate.  This website has sound Go>

Exercise 1

Exercise 2

How to Pronounce 'the'

Level: Intermediate. Go>

BBC - Sounds and Spelling

An introduction to the difference between spelling and pronunciation in English. There is also an exercise to test your understanding. 

Levels: Intermediate to Advanced. You need Flash and Adobe Reader. This website has sound Go>

Schwa - the most common sound in English

Rhyming Words

Train your ears! Which word rhymes with the middle word? Click 'begin' to play the game.

Levels: Intermediate to Advanced. This website has sound Go>

Which words have these sounds?

Spelling and Pronunciation Poem

Listen to and read a poem that shows the irregular relationship between spelling and pronunciation in English. Oh, dear!

Level: Upper Inter to Advanced. You need RealPlayer. This website has sound Go>

Pronunciation of '-ough'

These words are among the most problematic in terms of pronunciation. Match the word to the correct vowel sound.

Level: Upper Inter to Advanced. You need Flash. Go>

American English version

 

 

 

Homophones

Homophones are words that sound the same, but are spelt differently and have different meanings.

EnglishClub.com

An introduction to homophones, with 70 examples. Go>

Headway Quiz 1

Headway Quiz 2

Homonyms Game 1

A concentration game to test your memory. Can you find the pairs of homonyms? Follow the instructions to learn how to play.

Level: Upper Inter.  You need Flash.  This website has sound Go>

Homonyms Game 2

This game is the same as the one above, but has different pairs of homonyms each time.

Level: Upper Inter. Go>

Match the Homonyms

Level: Advanced. Go>

 

 

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