Alphabet and spelling -you must know it!
Alphabet and spelling are skills each learner of English has to learn sooner or later! Do you know how to spell your last name or address?
Sound spelling skill belongs to English survival skills – you will need it in many life situations, like filling in forms, spelling your name to someone on the phone, asking for the spelling of an unknown word, etc.
I’m sure most of you can sing whole English alphabet song very well, but is that really helpful, when you suddenly forget how to say the last letter of the alphabet. You might not have enough time to sing the whole English alphabet song, so,,,, how can you master the English alphabet and spelling?
The easiest way to learn that is to remember these 5 sound groups of letters:
- sound [ei] is pronounced like in the word ‘train’
A, J, K, H
- sound [i:] is pronounced like in the word ‘cheese’
B, C, D, E, G, T, P,V
- sound [ e] is pronounced like in the word ‘ ten’
F, L, M, N, S, X, Z
- sound [ai] is pronounced like in the word ‘bike’
- sound [u:] is pronounced like in the word ‘zoo’
Q, U, W
O- [eu] is pronounced like in the word ‘ no’
R-[a:] is pronounced like in the word ‘car’
TIME FOR A PRACTICE:)
Look at these common abbreviations. Can you say any of them in English?
ATM, USB, MTV, BMW, CNN, PC, PDF, VIP
What are the full forms of these abbreviations?
C and S, V and W, U and Y, G and J, E, A, and I
SPELLING: addresses and emails
Can you spell your email address?
A: “CAN YOU SPELL YOUR FIRST NAME , PLEASE?”
B: “It’s JOANNA. That’s J-O-A-double N- A”