English is not the easiest language to learn: we already know that. There seems to be an exception to every rule. I before E, except after C, for example. What about cover, hover, and over? This interesting topic came from the World Lady blog and her post, “Silent letters in English: The Series.”

The sounds and spellings of the English language are tricky. Take the letter H, for example. Sometimes it is silent and sometimes it is pronounced. And that isn’t always consistent — hello, herb?

And it isn’t always the first letter of a word in question. What about the”l” in could, would, and should? This just adds to the irony of how Americans uphold English as the standard and the language at the highest stanchion of all languages.

Melody K. Smith

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