The letter C “is no letter at all” John Baret 1580.
The letter C is a problem letter that has been talked about over the centuries. (Watch the video and/or read on)
Its sound can be: "k" / "s" / "ch" / "sh" / "q- cue" or silent
In this lesson we're looking at its sounds, rules and history
hard c- "k" (before a, o, u) cod, cat, curl, cold, cross
soft c "s" (before e, i, y) city, nice, face, circle, cement, cigarette, cinema, cyst, cycle, flaccid
hard c -cc- "k" account, soccer, accrue, occupy, yucca, occasion
soft c -cc- "s" (before e, i, y) accept, eccentric, occidental
c- "ch" cello, vermicelli, cappuccino - foreign borrowed words
-c- sh" special, liquorice, ocean
silent c - muscle, science, indict
"q" "cue" sound - cue, cucumber, cure, curiosity
"If I improve the way I speak I'll be able to spell, right?" Wrong
How to remember & stop forgetting spellings.
(Notice a lot of these words have silent letters in them. These used to be pronounced, but we leave the silent letters in there to show the history of the word.)
So how did English spelling become so 'weird' with its unusual spellings? The English spelling system developed over the centuries and the irregularities came about because of various invaders and writers trying to fit their alphabet and sounds to English:
Work at and study spelling.
Hope this was useful.
Stay passionate about your learning & spelling
through It means in one side out and the other: go through a door, walk through the park, struggle through until pay day.
We've also got throughout. He checks stock throughout the warehouse.Through is the only one of the words that starts with t.h.r.- "thr". We have a "thr" + "oo" (a long vowel sound).