Secondary title: that F sound
we all know this combination of letters makes an F sound.
Unless there are variations that I don't know about.
phone - fone
photo - foto
pheromone - feromone.
pharmacy - farmacy
phantom - fantom
philosophy - filosofy
phraseology - fraseology
but what about the gh combination?
these two letters together do not always sound the same
and do not always make that F sound.
Placed at the beginning of a word gh is simply g.
A "hard" g, not the softer gee.
Now and again it's a J as in Gillian (Jillian) or Geoffrey (Jeffrey)
Placed in the middle of a word, or at the end, it's a totally different sound.
In laughing or coughing it becomes an F
coughing - cofing
yet coffin is not spelled c-o-u-g-h-i-n
Gough Whitlam is not spelled Gof Whitlam
slough is pronounced sluf
bough - the tree branch - is a W sound; bow
other gh words have other sounds;
bought -bort; but not boft
brought - brort
ought -ort; why not oft?
there are still more variations
sleigh - slay
eight - ate
right - rite, but not rift...
rough is ruff
thigh is theye? or could it be thif....
Port Broughton certainly isn't Port Brofton, but it could be.
For newcomers arriving in Australia or any other English speaking country, learning to speak the language isn't so hard, (deciphering our slang is a different matter altogether), but when it comes to the reading and, more importantly, the writing, getting it right (rite? ryte?) isn't so easy.
I'm not at all surprised when immigrants bring their school age children to the supermarket to help with the shopping.
And I'm thankful for those dedicated people, like Frogdancer, who teach English as a second language, whether it be to children in a High School, or to adults at a TAFE course in the evenings.
I did my share for a while, working in a shoe factory and helping the group of girls at my table to better understand the "English" they were hearing daily, that didn't correspond with the proper English they'd learnt before coming to Australia.
One had come from Madrid, two from Poland.
Anyrthing that helps to achieve better understanding is a plus in my books.
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