♪Plumber, bomber, climber – 配管工と爆弾魔と登山家?

今日は久しぶりに発音についてのレッスン。発音しないアルファベット、silent letterについてお話します。



Hi everyone! Thank you for tuning in to Time for English.

This past weekend, I had a dripping faucet and I had to call a plumber to have it fixed. A plumber is a person whose job is to fit and repair water pipes. If your kitchen faucet is leaking or your toilet is clogged, a plumber is the person to call.

Now, that aside, here’s a quiz for you. What do the words plumber, bomber, climber, debt, doubt, subtle have in common? The answer is that they all have a silent b in them.

Silent letters are letters that you can’t hear when you say the word, but that are there when you write the word. For example, a plumber. Do you know how to spell it? It’s P-L-U-M-B-E-R, you see the letter B in it. But when you say the word “plumber”, there’s no B sound in it. The letter B just sits between M and E silently.

Now, here’s another quiz for you. What five-letter word has a silent CH? I’ll give you the answer next week. So please make sure to come back. See you there!





英単語には発音しないアルファベット、silent letterがあります。発音しても聞こえないけど、文字にすればちゃんとある。例えば先ほどの配管工。綴りはPLUMBERで、Bがあります。でも発音は「プラマー」で、Bの音はどこにもありません。BはMとEの間に「ひっそり」と存在しています。ゆえにサイレントBなのです。




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