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In this episode: Pronunciation | Silent Letters
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We practised the pronunciation of some words that have silent letters in episode 38
Today we’re going to give you a longer list and focus on groups of words that have the same silent letter.
Silent letters (I say the Spanish word, you say the English word before you hear it)
listen – escuchar
soften – ablandarse, suaveizarse
whistle – silbar (chiflar in Mexico)
fasten – atar, abrochar
Christmas – Navidad
castle – castillo
knife – cuchillo
knee – rodilla
knowledge – conocimiento
knit – tejer, hacer punto
knob – pomo, picaporte (a knob of butter)
know – conocer, saber
knot – nudo
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receipt – recibo
pseudonym – seudónimo
psychic – psíquico/a
psychology – psicología
psychiatry – psiquiatría
pneumatic – neumático
climb – subir, ascender, escalar
debt – deuda
subtle – sutil
comb – peinilla, peine, peineta
numb – entumecido/a, adormecido, insensible
dumb – tonto/a, estúpido/a
doubt – dudar, duda
womb – útero
lamb – cordero
tomb – tumba, sepulcro
hour – hora
hourly – una vez por hora
honest – honesto/a
heir / heiress – heredero / heredera
honour – honor
honourable – honorable (dishonourable)
site – lugar, sitio
language – idioma
ride – manejar, montar
note – nota
care – preocuparse
curve – curva
gourmet – de alta cocina
debut – debut
stopped – detenido
kissed – besado
helped – ayudado
travelled – viajó
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