The most common consonant clusters are:
|BL, BR||bl, br,||/bl/, /br/|
|CL, CR||cl, cr||/kl/, /kr/|
|FL, FR||fl, fr||/fl/, /fr/|
|GL,GR||gl, gr||/gl/, /gr/|
|PL, PR||pl, pr||/pl/, /pr/|
|SC, SK, SL, SM, SN, SP, ST, SW||sc, sh, sk, sl, sm, sn, sp, st, sw||/sk/, /sk/, /sl/, /sm/, /sn/, /sp/, /st/, /w/|
|TR, TW||tr, tw||/tr/, /tw/|
- bl: cable
- cl: cluster
- tr: tree
- st: coast
- pr: apricot
A consonant cluster is a combination of two or more consonants together, without a vowel between them, that are part of the same syllable.
- nasal + stop – /læmp/
- nasal + fricative- /sɛvənθ/
- nasal + affricate – /lʌntʃ/
- fricative + stop /best/
Perhaps at first they are difficult to pronounce for students due to the cluster of two consonant sounds. It usually happens when sk- at the beginning of the word, as in ski (/skiː/, not /eskiː/.)
External link to Consonant clusters exercises (1166).
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