Today, I want to give you a few facts about consonants.
- 21 Consonants are: b, c, d, f, g, h, j, k, l, m, n, p, q, r, s, t, v, w, x, y, z
- Consonants never say their name (except in words like x-ray).
- Most consonants have one sound.
- Five consonants have more than one sound: c, g, s, x, n
- The letter r does not say “er.” It sounds more like a barking dog – “rhhh.”
- The letter q is ALWAYS followed by a u in English words. They make the sound “kw” as in queen.
- The letter x makes three sounds:
“ks” as in Box
“gz” as in Exit
“z” as in Xylophone
- No English words end in the letters v or j.
- V is always followed by e. For example: active, believe
- -ge and -dge are used for “j” at the end of a word. For example: ridge, engage
- Consonant blends are two or three consonants which blend together: shrill, fast, lamp
- Digraphs are two consonants representing as single sound: shout, thimble, chest
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