Practice /k/ Consonant Blends: English Pronunciation Lesson Podcast (click the above player to listen to this lesson)

In this lesson, we will practise /k/ consonant blends. We will learn the pronunciation of words that contain the initial consonant blends /sk/, /kl/, /kr/. We will also learn and practise words contain final consonant blends /kt/ and /lk/.

What is a Consonant Blend?

A consonant blend is when two or more consonants are blended together, but each sound may still be heard in the blend as a unique sound.  The most common beginning consonant blends include: bl, br, cl, cr, dr, fr, tr, fl, gl, gr, pl, pr, sl, sm, sp and st.  Blends can also occur at the end of words as in the word “last”.  There are also blends which contain three consonants. 

As well as practising individual phonemes to improve their pronunciation, students also need to practise consonant blends, which are more complex in terms of pronunciation.

Practise Your English Pronunciation: Consonant Blends with /k/

  1. consonant cluster <scu> is usually pronounced with the /ʌ/ vowel:

scum               scuff              scurry                sculpt                   scuffle

  • consonant cluster <cl> spelling is pronounced /kl/:

clap                 clasp                 clown                  clock                    clean

  • consonant cluster <cr> spelling is pronounced /kr/:

crown                crow                  cream                create                   cry

  • final consonant cluster /ct/ spelling is pronounced /kt/

act                     direct                 fact                     object                  elect         

  • in <lc> medial words, the /l/ and /k/ are in separate syllables:

falcon             alcove                welcome             alcohol              volcano

  • in <rc> medial words, the /r/ and /k/ are in separate syllables. Note: /r/ is not pronounced in Standard British English

circuit              circus                 Arctic                 narcotic              arcade    


Practice /k/ Spelt ‘c’: Some Examples from the Lesson Recording:

scuff: skidding scuffs your shoes

clean: clean clogs

cream: the cream of the crop

insect: infested with infectious insects


Extend Your Learning

◼️ Pronunciation of /k/ Part One HERE.

◼️ Pronunciation of /k/ Part Three HERE.

◼️ Pronunciation of /k/ Part Four HERE.

◼️ Learn more about consonant clusters in English HERE.


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