Sunday, May 22, 2011

CONSONANTS

consonant
Writing
There are 21 consonant letters:
b c d f g h j k l m n p q r s t v w x y z
Speech
In speech a consonant is a sound that is made by blocking the flow of air while speaking. For example, the first sound in the word mark is made by closing the lips briefly, while the last sound is made by pressing the blade of the tongue up against the hard palate. There are 22 consonants in spoken English. They are the first sounds in each of the following words:
bat
char
cut
dip
fat
gut
hot
jar
late
meet
neat
pat
rate
ship
sip
that
thing
tip
vat
zip
plus the sounds in the following words marked by letters in bold type:
measure  sing
Two other sounds are sometimes called consonants and sometimes semivowels. They are the first sounds in these words:
win  young