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Elements of English: Palatal Sounds

Raymond Long

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Learners of English often have difficulty pronouncing English words because the letters used to spell them do not correspond to the sounds. Among the problem spellings are the following.

In some words, the letter t is pronounced like the ch in the word church. These include actual, nature, virtue. Sometimes the letter t is followed by a letter i or e which represents no sound (it is a silent letter), but which changes the sound of letter t to this ch-sound: Christian, question, righteous. But more often, a silent i changes the letter t to sound like sh: motion, patient, potential.

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