Spelling & Sound - Written English in Speech

The biggest challenge facing any non-native speaker of English, is the fact that English is not phonetically written. Below are some examples of this:

- How can you know that the < a > in 'above', the < e > in 'father', the < o > in
'complete', and the < u > in 'column', are the same vowel sound?

- How can you know that the < s > in 'lose' is said with a /z/, whilst the < s > in 'loose' is said with an /s/.

- Why are both of the < r > spellings in 'shorter' completely silent?

- Why is the < ed > in 'walked' pronounced as a /t/, whilst in 'played' it is a /d/.

- Why are there 4 ways of saying the word 'have'?

These are just a few examples of how confusing English is to interpret from writing. The 'Spelling & Sound' section of the course covers the rules for these confusing areas so that you do not need to worry when one appears in speech.

In the Book

Chapter Spelling & Sound
1 Introduction - Voicing
2 < r >
3 < ed >

< s >

5 < have >
6 < t >

< are >

8 Suffixes

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