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Mrz - can you help me with a phonics question please.

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blueberryboybait Wed 02-Apr-14 20:34:28

DD1 is a very late August baby and after a disastrous reception year where she never progressed past level 2 reading books, she is in yr1, has moved school and is suddenly flourishing (reading level 9) but too fast for me to find out enough about phonics to answer her questions.

Tonight's question was 'why does the g in giant make a j sound and how can I figure out if it is a g or j sound when sounding out new words?'

Can you help me answer it?

columngollum Wed 02-Apr-14 20:39:00

The letter c tends to be pronounced like an s when followed immediately by the vowels (e, i or y)

The same is true of g to j sound when followed by the same vowels except for the fact that in the case of g sounding like j it doesn't work all the time. There are loads of exceptions.

mrz Wed 02-Apr-14 21:00:39

Some letters can spell more than one sound -has she learnt th- ick & th-en? same spelling different sounds. g -et & g-em are just the same if /g/ doesn't work try /j/ (giant, ginger, general, age, magic)

Seryph Wed 02-Apr-14 21:02:46

Okay, g before e, i, y, ae, or oe normally is pronounced with a j sound (/dʒ/ in the IPA) like in gental, page, magic. Though sometimes can be pronounced /g/ as in get, or /ʒ/ as in collage.
If you have -gm, -gn, or gn- you get the sound in gnome or signing (mostly, sometimes you get things like signify and repugnant).
Everywhere else g is pronounced /g/ like in go or guest (with again occasional exceptions such as margarine).

blueberryboybait Wed 02-Apr-14 21:12:55

Thank you all, she has turned into a bit of a phonics whizz, she seems to enjoy the puzzle of sounds that make up words. I'll give her your answers (slightly simplified) in the morning.

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