♪silent letters – 黙字〈スペルにあるけど発音しない文字〉




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An American friend of mine once asked me, “Hey, Junko, where is the W in answer?” I didn’t quite get it. Then she rephrased the question. “How do you spell ANSWER?”

The word “answer” is spelled A-N-S-W-E-R. The letter W sits between S and E but you don’t hear it. It’s a silent letter. The words wrapping, wrestling, wrinkles also have a silent W.

There are many more words in English with silent letters. The words knock, knife and knee all begin with the letter K although you don’t hear it. Autumn, column and condemn all end with the letter N but again you don’t hear it. There’s no G sound in the words daughter, thought, right, height, might, weight and tough. But when you spell these words, you’ll see the letter G in them. Listen and fasten has a silent T while hour and honest have a silent H.

Now. Would you like to try a quiz? You’ll be given three options. Please listen carefully and choose the one that is NOT true. Ready?

1. There’s no silent letter in the word “Wednesday”.
2. There’s a silent letter in the word “rendezvous”.
3. There’s a silent letter in the word “psychology”.



アメリカ人の友人にこう訊かれたことがありました。「ねえ、answerのwはどこ?」 質問の意味がよく分からない。そこで彼女はこう言い換えました。「ANSWERのスペルは?」





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