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(Words in brackets indicate the spelling is representing two sounds, not just one)

a cat last table want all
hangi sofa any naïve
aa baa
a…e came village Thames (sesame)
ae sundae algae maestro haemorrhage
aer aeroplane
ah galah cheetah Fahrenheit dahlia
ai rain bonsai plait again (mosaic)
aigh straight
aille Versailles
air hair
aire millionaire
al half walk salmon
ao Maori gaol
ar farm warm scarce dollar (carol)
are care are
arr charred
au caution fault kauri aunt mauve
aud Benaud
augh caught
augha Vaughan
aul baulk
ault Renault
aur dinosaur
aw saw (away)
awe awesome
awy lawyer
ay say quay kayak says
aye aye
ayer prayer
ayor mayor
b bib
bb rubber
bh Bhutan
bt debt
bu buy
c cat cell cello appreciate
ç façade
cc soccer focaccia
cch zucchini
ce piece crustacean
ch chip school chef
che panache
ci special ciao
ck duck
cq acquit
cqu racquet
ct indict
d did hoped educate
dd add
de aide
dg budgie
dge bridge
dh jodhpurs
di soldier
dj adjective
dt Leichhardt
e red me café entrée erupt
e…e these fete creme fraiche
ea sea head great Sean bream
eah yeah
ear hear learn bear heart
eau bureau bureaucracy beauty
ed bagged locked
ee see matinée breeches
eer beer
ei vein feisty seize leisure chow mein
eigh weight height Leigh
eir their
eo leopard people yeoman cheongsam McLeod
eou Seoul
er her butter zero clerk metier
ere here there were
err preferred Herr
erre guerre
eu feud sleuth milieu Freud
eur poseur
ew chew new sew (rewrite)
ey chimney they Reynold Cheyenne Anne Boleyn
eye eye
f fin of
fe carafe
ff off
ffe giraffe
ft soften
g got gel aubergine Bundestag
ge large beige renege
gg biggest suggest
gh ghost cough Callaghan
gi region
gl imbroglio
gm paradigm
gn sign lasagna
gu guess (penguin)
gue league
h hot hour
i in hi ski onion timbre
ia marriage Chiang Mai diamond
i…e time sardine (recipe)
ie chief pie friend sieve lingerie
ier tier
igh high
ir bird souvenir iron (pirate)
irr stirred
j jump deja vu fjord jojoba hallelujah
k look
ke Bourke
kh khaki Khomeini
kk trekking
kn knit
l leg
le battle
ll bell tortillas carillon
lle grille
m met
mb lamb
mbe bombe
me gendarme
mm summer
mme femme
mn column
n not wink
ñ El Niño
ne caffeine
ng wing Pekingese
nn running
nne julienne
o got no front do offend
wolf women Dostoevsky
o…e home (abalone)
oa boat broad
oar roar
oe toe phoenix shoe does Goethe
oh doh John bohrium
oi coin coiffure (stoic)
oir boudoir  choir
oire armoire
ol yolk
oo boot book blood brooch (coopt)
ooh pooh
oor poor
oore Moore
or for word tractor (forest)
ore more
ou out soup jealous cousin soul
cough Houston ouija
ough bought dough drought through thorough
(rough) (cough)
oui bouillon
oul could
oup coup
our four (our) colour journal
ow how low knowledge
owe owe Howe
oy toy coyote
p pop
pb cupboard
pe troupe
ph phone Stephen
phth phthalates
pn pneumonia
pp hopping
ppe steppe
pph sapphire
ps psychologist
pt receipt
q quit Qantas Qigong
qu (quit) mosquito
que cheque
r run sour
re centre
rh rhino
rr hurry
rrh cirrhosis
s set is treasure sugar chablis
sc science fascism viscount
sce coalesce
sch schnitzel (school)
sci conscious
se horse please
sh shop
shi cushion
si mansion version business
ss fuss dessert tissue
sse mousse
ssi passion brassiere
st castle
sth asthma
sw sword
t top nature ballet negotiate
tch catch
te route righteous
th thigh thy Thomas
the (the) soothe
ti motion question equation
tsch kitsch
tt rattle
tte serviette
u cup put flu tuna quit
bury busy assurance
u…e tune rude (museum)
ue blue cue Brueghel
ui suit nuisance
uo fluoride
ur fur
ure (cure) picture sure
urr purred
v van Chekhov
ve groove
vv skivvy
w will Wagner
wh when who Whakapapa
wo two twopence
wr wrist
x (fix) xylophone excellent (example) indexes
(luxury) faux  Don Quixote
xe (axe)
xi (anxious)
y yes my baby gym Yogyakarta
ye bye
y…e type
yr myrtle
yrrh myrrh
z zip pretzel Nazi seizure
ze ooze
zz buzz pizza

If the spelling you’re interested in doesn’t appear here, you might be thinking of a spelling that actually represents two or more sounds, not just one. Or it might be very obscure, in which case please tell me about it, and I will add it to these lists.


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