American English Pronunciation
Most Common Silent Letter Combinations
Listed are the most common silent letter combinations that give English as a second language students the most difficulties.
B is not pronounced when following M at the end of a word.
C is not pronounced in the ending "scle"
D is not pronounced in the following common words:
E is not pronounced at the end of words and usually makes the vowel long.
G is not often not pronounced when followed by an N
GH is not pronounced before T and at the end of many words
H is not pronounced when following W. Some speakers whisper the H before the W.
H is not pronounced at the beginning of many words. Use the article "an" with unvoiced H. Here are some of the most common:
H is pronounced at the beginning of these common words. Use the article "a" with voiced H.
K is not pronounced when followed by N at the beginning of a word.
L is often not pronounced before L, D, F, M, K.
N is not pronounced following M at the end of a word.
P is not pronounced at the beginning of many words using the suffix "psych" and "pneu".
S is not pronounced before L in the following words: