Level 10: the trickiest spellings

Spelling

Example words with link to relevant wordlist

(bracketed words contain the spelling representing two sounds, not one)

h heir, hour, honest
t ballet, buffet, nougat
qu

que

conquer, liquor, mosquito

cheque, boutique, mosque

sc

sce

adolescent, scene, muscle

coalesce, convalesce, reminisce

aer

aire

ere

aerial, aerobics, aeroplane

millionaire, questionnaire, solitare

compere, derriere, premiere

rh rhino, rhubarb, rhyme

diarrhoea, haemmorrhoids

eau bureau, chateau, plateau
x Xerox, xylophone, bureaux, chateaux
th

bt

pt

Thailand, Thomas, thyme

debt, doubt, subtle

pterodactyl, ptomaine, receipt

mb

mn

combing, climber, plumber

autumn, column, solemn

lle Braille, gazelle, moselle
de

dh

Adelaide, aide, blonde

dhal, jodhpurs, Riyadh

ne

nne

airborne, caffeine, Melbourne

Anne, cayenne, julienne

z

zz

Fitzroy, klutz, pretzel

pizza, mezzo, mozzarella

ke

kk

kh

cq

cqu

cch

q

Bourke, Hawke, Guy Fawkes

Nikkei, Hanukkah, trekking

gymkhana, Kazakhstan, khaki

acquaint, acquit, acquire

lacquer, racquet

radicchio, saccharin, zucchini

burqa, Iraq, Nasdaq

eu deuce, Europe, feudal
che

sch

avalance, niche, panache

pinscher, schlock, schnitzel

x

xc

(auxiliary, exam, executive)

excellent, except, excited

l in vowel spellings calf, folk, salmon, should, walk
gn (champignons, gnocci, sauvignon)
oi

oir

oire

(coiffeur, croissant, noisette)

(abbattoir, memoir, reservoir)

(armoire, Cote D’Ivoire, repertoire)

c

cc

ci

arrivederci, bocconcini, cello

capuccino, fetuccine, focaccia

ciao

wh

j

x

kh

whosoever, wholesome, whooping

Juan, jojoba, junta

Don Quixote

Khomeini

sse

ç

sth

ps

sw

tz

crevasse, mousse

Curaçao, façade, garçon

asthma, isthmus

psychic, psychologist

answer, sword, Muswellbrook

waltz

s

ss

ci

ce

sci

shi

chsi

asphalt, sugar, sure

assure, issue, tissue

appreciate, associate, concerto

crustacean, herbaceous, ocean

conscious, luscious, prosciutto

cushion, fashion

fuchsia

ss

si

ts/cz

Aussie, dessert, scissors

business, hosiery

Tsar/Czar

fe

ffe

ft

u

carafe

giraffe, pouffe

often, soften

lieutenant (UK pronunciation)

vv

w

ph

civvies, divvy, skivvy

Ludwig, Wagner

Stephen

dj

di

gg

adjective, adjourn, adjust

incendiary, soldier, subsidiary

exaggerate, suggest, veggies

ge

g

ti

z

camouflage, collage, sabotage

aubergine, courgette, regime

equation

seizure

ngue harangue, meringue, tongue
mme

gm

aerogramme, femme, programme

phlegm, diaphragm

pb Campbell, cupboard, raspberry
pe cantaloupe, troupe, Thorpe
ct

cht

Connecticut, indict, victual

yacht

sl

sle

island

aisle

ll

j

maillot, tortillas

hallelujah

tth Matthew
x

xi

xe

(luxury, sexual)

(anxious, complexion, crucifixion)

(annexe, axe, deluxe)

q (Qantas)
e

o

u

ea

ee

England, pretty, college

women

busy

bream

breeches

o

oul

ou

bosom, wolf, woman

could, would, should

couscous

ea

ee

ah

ao

Eammon, Seamus, Yeats

Beethoven, fiancee, matinee

dahlia

gaol

er

au

aa

aar

arre

arrh

clerk, Jervis Bay, sergeant

auntie, draughty, laughter

baa, salaam, Saab

aardvark, bazaar

bizarre

catarrh

eu

oux

ioux

ooh

oup

lieu, rheumatism, sleuth

choux, roux

Sioux

ooh, Pooh

coup

ui

eau

uu

nuisance, pursuit

beauty, beautiful

vacuum

eo

ei

Geoff, leopard, jeopardy

heifer, leisure

 

 

 

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