How to pronounce words with silent letters from H to Z

How to pronounce words with silent letters from H to Z

This is the second post on how to pronounce words with silent letters in English. In the first post, you can get the list of words with silent letters from “B to GH”.

Silent “H” = Broadly speaking the”H” is not pronounced when this comes at the beginning of the word, after letters “C” & “W”.

Honest- /ˈɒnɪst/ or /ˈɑːnɪst/
Hour- /ˈaʊə(r)/ or /ˈaʊər/
Honour- /ˈɒnə(r)/ or /ˈɑːnər/
Ache- /eɪk/
Mechanic- /məˈkænɪk/
Architect- /ˈɑːkɪtekt/ or /ˈɑːrkɪtekt/
Chemistry- /ˈkemɪstri/
Echo- /ˈekəʊ/
Stomach– /ˈstʌmək/
Why- /waɪ/
Where- /weə(r)/ or /wer/
Whisper- /ˈwɪspə(r)/ or /ˈwɪspər/
Whistle- /ˈwɪsl/

Silent “I”

Business- /ˈbɪznəs/
Parliament- /ˈpɑːləmənt/

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Silent “J”

There are no words with silent “J” in them.

Silent “k”

Words beginning with “KN” have a silent k.

Knack- /næk/
Knew- /njuː/
Knife- /naɪf/
Knob- /nɒb/
Knowledge- /ˈnɒlɪdʒ/
Knuckle- /ˈnʌkl/

Silent “L”

Almond- /ˈɑːmənd/
Balm- /bɑːm/
Calf- /kɑːf/
Chalk- /tʃɔːk/
Could- /kʊd/
Folk- /fəʊk/
Palm- /pɑːm/
Yolk- /jəʊk/

Silent “M”

Mnemonic- /nɪˈmɒnɪk/

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Silent “N”

Autumn– /ˈɔːtəm/
Solemn- /ˈsɒləm/
Column- /ˈkɒləm/
Damn- /dæm/
Hymn- /hɪm/
Condemn- /kənˈdem/

Silent “O”

Colonel- /ˈkɜːnl/ or /ˈkɜːrnl/
Younger- /ˈjʌŋɡə(r)/ or /ˈjʌŋɡər/
Double- /ˈdʌbl/
Trouble- /ˈtrʌbl/

Silent “P”

The letter P is often not pronounced when it is used at the begging of the word.

Pneumonia- /njuːˈməʊniə/ or /nuːˈməʊniə/
psychiatrist- /saɪˈkaɪətrɪst/
psychology- /saɪˈkɒlədʒi/ or /saɪˈkɑːlədʒi/
Pseudo- /suːdəʊ/
psychosis- /saɪˈkəʊsɪs/
Psychiatrist- /saɪˈkaɪətrɪst/
Psychotherapy- /ˌsaɪkəʊˈθerəpi/
Receipt- /rɪˈsiːt/
Cupboard- /ˈkʌbəd/ or /ˈkʌbəd/
Coup- /kuː/

Silent “Q”

There are no words with silent q in them.

Silent “R”

There are no words with silent R in American English. However, British English has some words with silent R in them. The general rule is that the letter R is silent when it is followed by a consonant & pronounced when followed by a vowel.

Fork- British Pronunciation /fɔːk/ American Pronunciation /fɔːrk/
Bird- BP- /bɜːd/ AP-/bɜːrd/
Cart- BP- /kɑːt/ AP-/kɑːrt/
Where- BP-/weə(r)/ AP-/wer/
Father- BP-/ˈfɑːðə(r)/ AP-/ˈfɑːðər/
Other- BP- /ˈʌðə(r)/ AP-/ˈʌðər/

Silent “S”

Aisle- /aɪl/
Island- /ˈaɪlənd/
Patios– /ˈpætiəʊ/
Debris- /ˈdebriː/ or /dəˈbriː/

Silent “T”

Listen- /ˈlɪsn/
Fasten- /ˈfɑːsn/
Castle- /ˈkɑːsl/ or /ˈkæsl/
Hustle- /ˈhʌsl/
Mortgage- /ˈmɔːɡɪdʒ/ or /ˈmɔːrɡɪdʒ/
Soften- /ˈsɒfn/ or ˈsɔːfn/
Watch- /wɒtʃ/ or /wɑːtʃ/
Wrestle- /ˈresl/
Ballet- /ˈbæleɪ/

Silent “U”

Biscuit- /ˈbɪskɪt/
Build- /bɪld/
Guess- /ɡes/
Guest- /ɡest/
Colleague- /ˈkɒliːɡ/ or /ˈkɑːliːɡ/
Guitar- /ɡɪˈtɑː(r)/ or /ɡɪˈtɑːr/

Silent “V”

There are no words with silent V.

Silent “W”

Answer- /ˈɑːnsə(r)/ or  /ˈænsər/
Awry- /əˈraɪ/
Sword- /sɔːd/ or /sɔːrd/
Wrapper- /ˈræpə(r)/ or /ˈræpər/
yellow– /ˈjeləʊ/
Wreckage- /ˈrekɪdʒ/
Wrestling- /ˈreslɪŋ/

Silent “X”

Faux Pas- /ˌfəʊ ˈpɑː/

Silent “Y”

There are no words with silent Y.

Silent “Z”

Rendezvous- /ˈrɒndɪvuː/

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Phonetic transcription courtesy Oxford Dictionary.