l as in lot
ll as in bell
le as in bottle
lle as in grille
gl as in imbroglio
sl as in island
sle as in isle
hl as in kohl
Hated it didn’t give me what I wanted
Sorry to hear that, can you be a bit more specific about what you wanted?
Hi, If you have time, could you please look at this page of phoneme-spellings pairings? (link is below) It has listed il, al, el, ol as making a /l/ phoneme. However, I don’t think this is the case. What do you think? Thanks 🙂
Hi Rose, this is a tricky question because the sound /l/ can act as a syllable in words where it follows an alveolar stop (/t/ or /d/) e.g. rattle, bottle, paddle, peddle etc, we don’t bother saying a vowel, just go straight to the /l/. Of course some words like this are spelt as in petal, metal, pistol, etc, and teaching kids the difference between the ‘le’, ‘al’, ‘el’, ‘il’ and ‘ol’ spellings that don’t have a vowel pronounced and those that do is kind of diminishing marginal utility. I tend to nowadays teach final syllable ‘le’ words first and tell kids to just say /l/ for them (even if they do have an unstressed vowel in normal speech) and then later on ask kids to over-pronounce the other spellings to include the ‘short’ vowel most commonly represented by that vowel letter. Hope that makes sense, All the best, Alison
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