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.

Silent L Words
Word IPA PoS Definition
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

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Looking for more info about English pronunciation? Read our other posts about Silent N,  Silent K, Silent B, Silent G and Deleted Syllables.

Silent L Words in English