We know that some letters in some English words are silent: love, gnome, climb, indict, Etobicoke, etc. They are written but not pronounced. However, other words, as fewer English learners may have noticed, contain sounds that come from nowhere — we just hear the sounds without seeing any corresponding letters. For example, there is no w or u in one, but we do hear a [w] sound in it. Also, in colonel there is no r, but we have to make that [r] sound, like [KER-nal]. Can you think of more words like them?

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