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Oh no they did not….. Oops! I hope someone didn’t get fired.

It seems Miss Spell (ha ha, get it?) was at work again… this time road workers misspelled a word in front of an elementary school in Scotland. Sadly, the word they misspelled was “school” painting the pavement with the word “sckool” instead.

Check out the video below to practice your listening comprehension and then get some helpful spelling tips in today’s lesson.

 

 

Lesson of the day

If you’re worried about making mistakes in English, don’t. Even those of us who speak English as our first language make basic mistakes too!

Why?

English can be difficult. For example, with spelling there can be different sounds for a single letter (e.g., cell, call) or letter combinations (chess, chemistry, champagne).

This often makes it hard to predict the spelling when you hear a word spoken (e.g., to, too, two or cell, sell) AND it can make it difficult to know how to pronounce a word when you look at it (e.g., school, scale, skate).

You may have to memorize a lot of words because there are many different ways of representing the same sound.

Sorry! Just remember that there are challenges in every language and even mother-tongue speakers had to learn how to spell these English words too!

There are many different spelling rules (with exceptions to those general rules), but the following guidelines may help you with spelling and pronunciation when the letters “sc” are combined:

The letters SC together can represent two different sounds: [s] or [k]:

“sc” has the sound [s]:

  • before certain vowels: “e”, “i” and “y” (e.g., scientific, conscious)

“sc” has the sound [sk]:

  • before these vowels: “a,” “o,” and “u” (e.g., scare, scone, scum)
  • before most consonants (e.g., scrape)

BUT: “sc” followed by “h” can also have an [sh] sound* (see note below)

* note: “sc” before “h” can also have the sound [sh] as in schilling, schlep, schmo, schmooze, schmuck, schnapps, schnauzer. Also, the British pronounce “schedule” with an [sh] rather than [sk] sound.

Here are some more examples:

The sound [s]: (before “e,” “i” and “y”):  scene, scent, science, sci-fi, conscientious

The sound [sk]: (“a,” “o,” and “u” before most consonants):  scan, scary, scope, scorch, scuba, school, schedule, scream, scuba diving

Ready to practice?

Take the short quiz below to practice and then leave a comment to practice your writing skills! Or is that writing sckills?!

1. Which of the following have an [sk] sound? (Check all the correct answers).

 
 
 
 

2. Which of the following have an [s] sound? Check all the correct answers.

 
 
 
 
 
 

3. Check the box with the appropriate sound for red text.

The thief escaped by scaling the wall.

 
 
 

4. Check the box with the appropriate sound for the red text:

Science is not one of my favorite subjects.

 
 
 

5. Check the box with the appropriate sound for the red text:

The politician had to leave office after the scandal.

 
 
 

6. Check the box with the appropriate sound for the red text:

When I scratched number of my lottery ticket I almost fainted because I won $1,000!

 
 
 

7. Check the box with the appropriate sound for the red text:

Last night I schmoozed with my boss and other managers at our holiday party.

 
 
 

8. Check the box with the appropriate sound for the red text:

The museum exhibit has many beautiful paintings and sculptures.

 
 
 

9. Check the box with the appropriate sound for the red text:

I can’t go to basketball practice tomorrow because I pulled a muscle.

 
 
 

10. Check the box with the appropriate sound for the red text:

The road through the mountains has such beautiful scenery.

 
 
 

 

 

 

 

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