How many sounds are there in a letter?

Anna Piskunova
Anna Piskunova
March 25, 2015
How many sounds are there in a letter?

To determine how many sounds are in a word, it is necessary to make a phonetic analysis of it. It is worth remembering that not always the number of letters and sounds may coincide. So, if you received a different number of those and others, do not be intimidated. Perhaps some letters give two sounds or, on the contrary, do not mean any sound.

Let's make a phonetic analysis and determine how many sounds are in the word "letters."

Phonetic analysis of the word "letters"

First you need to write out each letter of the word separately, and next to it in square brackets indicate the sound that is obtained by pronunciation.

  • B - [b] - consonant, firm; ringing, double;
  • y - [y] - vowel, shock;
  • k - [k] - consistent, solid, deaf, doubles;
  • c - [c] - consistent, firm, sonorous, double;
  • s - [s] - vowel, unstressed.

Thus, the number of letters and sounds in the word "letter" is the same, and it is 5.

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