Unit 24. Oh, No Snow!
Consonants at the Start of Syllables
|Some one-syllable words are just a single vowel sound (V), for example ah and eye. If we add one or more consonant sounds (C) to the beginnings of these words, they are still only one syllable. Look at these examples.
|When there are two Cs at the start of a syllable:
|You may find some of these syllables with more than one С at the beginning difficult to say. Listen to these examples.
/s/+ C: spell stairs sleep small snack swim
С + /l/, /r/, /w/ or /j/: blue fly dress ground quick swim view tune
/s/ + CC: spring strange square scream
|When there are two or more Cs at the beginning of a syllable, many
learners add a V before the first С or between the Cs. Be careful!
Listen to the difference.
|Add one С to the start of each word to make a new word in the pictures. Be careful: think of sounds, not spelling!
Key. 1. lie; fly
2. lock; clock
3. rain; train
4. key; ski
5. lime; climb
6. late; plate
7. route; fruit
red bread (red/red/+ b = bread / bred)
|Add one of the sounds from the box after the consonant at the
start of these words to make other words. Think of sounds, not spelling!
Key. 1. black 2. flight/fright
3. flat 4. glow/grow
5. plain/plane 6. play/pray
7. true 8. stay/slay
9. skin/spin 10. spend
Example: die dry
|Listen and circle the word you hear.
1 The glass / gas is green.
2 I don't want to play / pay.
3 It was a terrible fight / fright!
4 The tooth / truth is out!
5 The dirt came off in the steam / stream.
6 She didn't want to stay / say.
7 The pain / plane went down.
8 I can't sell / smell anything.
|Listen and tick the sentence or phrase you hear, A or B.
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