The Key Sounds of English - 44 Phonemes and 4 Blends





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Published on Feb 24, 2013

In this video, phonics curriculum author Sally Cole from https://storyhouracademy.com/ gives voiceover to 44 American English phonemes and 4 common blended sounds. Part of what makes English difficult to learn is that each letter in the alphabet can represent more than one sound. Plus, since the alphabet only has 26 letters yet represents 44 sounds, many English phonemes are represented by two or three letters working together to represent one sound. Thus, learning just the alphabet sounds would be an incomplete approach to learning English.

This video simplifies the American English code by providing just one graphic symbol (via a single letter OR double or triple letter team) for each of the 44 phonemes and 4 blends. With this knowledge alone, anyone can phonetically write down any English word. However, for many words, the spelling would be incorrect.

The Montessori teacher, Muriel Dwyer, used a similar phonetic approach to help her students learn to write languages even before they learned to read them. As students progressed through her approach to the teaching of reading and writing, they would learn all the alternate spellings for each sound, thereby improving their spelling and reading to the point of fluency. Alternate spelling for each phoneme and blend can be found at http://goo.gl/uiz9aP.

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