In this lesson, we will continue learning the pronunciation and spelling of the /k/ sound in English when it is spelt with the letter ‘c’. This time we are focusing on consonant clusters, which occur when more than one consonant is pronounced in succession, such as when <scr> in a word’s spelling is pronounced /scr/. This lesson is Part Two of Four on the /k/ sound.
We will learn the following spelling and pronunciation patterns in this lesson:
- consonant cluster <scu> is usually pronounced with the /ʌ/ vowel:
scum scuff scurry sculpt scuffle
- consonant cluster <cl> is pronounced /kl/:
clap clasp clown clock clean
- consonant cluster <cr> is pronounced /kr/:
crown crow cream create cry
- consonant cluster /ct/ 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
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