g as in gel

Usually before e, i or y

Rarely not before e, i , y
age

cage

gel

gem

gents

gist

huge

page

rage

sage

stage

wage

advantage

average

baggage

bandage

beverage

blockage

bondage

breakage

cabbage

carnage

carriage

cartilage

coinage

cottage

courage

coverage

damage

digest

disadvantage

discourage

disparage

dosage

drainage

encourage

envisage

foliage

footage

forage

frontage

garbage

gerbil

heritage

homage

image

language

leakage

leverage

linkage

luggage

manage

marriage

message

mileage

orphanage

package

parentage

passage

patronage

peerage

percentage

pilgrimage

pillage

plumage

postage

rampage

ravage

rummage

salvage

sausage

savage

sewage

shortage

shrinkage

silage

slippage

spillage

stoppage

storage

suffrage

tonnage

tutelage

usage

vantage

vicarage

village

vintage

voltage

voyage

wastage

wreckage

agent

agile

allergic

allergy

angel

biology

clergy

danger

digit

edgy

Egypt

elegy

energy

engine

engineer

fragile

fugitive

genesis

gentle

germ

German

gerund

gesture

giant

ginger

ginseng

gym

gymnastics

gyrate

gyroscope

ingest

legend

lethargy

liturgy

logic

magic

margin

merger

origin

prodigy

refugee

sludgy

stingy

strategic

surgical

synergy

tautology

tragic

trilogy

urgent

Vegemite

vigilant

analogy

anthology

apology

astrological

biologist

cardiologist

climatology

cosmologist

ecologist

ecology

eligible

emergency

entomologist

etiological

etymologist

gelati

generate

genius

geological

geologist

geology

gymnasium

gyroscope

ideology

illegible

imagination

legislature

metallurgy

musicologist

mythological

mythology

neurological

original

ornithologist

oxygen

paraplegic

pathological

quadriplegic

radiology

tautology

technological

gaol

margarine

veg

 

2 thoughts on “g as in gel

  1. Chris Guy

    Hi Alison sorry to bug you! I have a question about words like religion, region, legion – how would you suggest teaching these?

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    1. alison Post author

      After I have taught the main spellings for all the vowel sounds, I usually go through the consonants and unless they only have one or two main spellings, teach variations for each one. In this instance the sound is /j/ as in jump, and I’d ask the student(s) to tell me lots of words containing this sound, and write them out and get them to sort the into groups. I’d make sure that a few words like region and religion are in the mix, and these would form a “gi” group, I have a list of the words I know like this here: https://www.spelfabet.com.au/spelling-lists/sorted-by-sound/j/gi-as-in-region. If you want to prepare this sorting activity ahead of time you can select words from each of the lists here: http://www.spelfabet.com.au/spelling-lists/sorted-by-sound/j/, write the words on cards or slips of paper and hand them out, and then as students find new spellings they can add new headings.

      We generally pronounce the letter G as “j” when it is followed by E, I or Y, so in these words the letter “I” helps clarify this pronunciation. If “region” had no letter “I” we would be inclined to pronounce it rhymed with “vegan”. Similarly, we use the spelling GU in quite a few words to clarify that the pronunciation is /g/ not /j/ e.g. guitar, guess, disguise. Hope that all makes sense. All the best, Alison

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