Silent L Words
A lot of the silent letter posts we've shared have followed simple, repeatable patterns; Silent K always comes before an N, for example. Silent L is a little harder. We find it in lots of different words, and they are generally very common words. Many students try to pronounce these Ls, but in all these words, the L is completely silent.
In walk, chalk, and talk, the L comes after an A, and the vowel is pronounced like a short O. Half and calf have an AL, too, but the vowel is pronounced like the short A in staff. In could, should, and would, the L comes after OU, and the sound is exactly like the OO in good.
|walk||/wɔk/||v.||to move with the legs|
|calm||/kɑm/||adj.||not angry, upset, or excited|
|folks||/foʊks/||n.||people in general|
|half||/hæf/||n.||one of two equal parts|
|talk||/tɔk/||v.||to express thoughts in words|
|chalk||/ʧɑk/||n.||a soft rock used for writing|
|could||/kʊd/||v.||the past tense of can|