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How to Pronounce S Cluster Words

 

An S Cluster?

What the heck is an S Cluster?

As I stood on stage my head began to spin and a strange feeling spread through my stomach. I suddenly struggled to stay upright.

A description of a serious case of stage fright AND a sentence full of S-Cluster words.

An S Cluster word is a word that starts with the letter S followed by another 1or 2 consonant sounds.

And for many speaking English as an additional language (especially my Spanish speakers, my Portuguese speakers, my Farsi speakers) pronouncing these types of words is a challenge. 

In this lesson, we'll talk about why these words are tricky and break down exactly how to correctly pronounce these combinations. 

Let's dive in!


Continue your practice with this list of

 

100 Super Common S Cluster Words

/sk/ and /sl/

/st/

/sp/

/sm/, /sn/, /sw/

Triple /s/ Blends

school

still

speak

small

strong

skill

state

spend

smile

street

skin

student

special

sweet

strategy

score

start

space

snow

spring

sky

story

sport

smart

structure

sleep

study

specific

smell

strike

scale

stand

speech

smoke

screen

slightly

stop

species

smooth

strength

slow

stay

spirit

swing

spread

slip

star

spot

snap

strange

scholar

step

speed

switch

straight

slide

store

specifically

sweep

struggle

slave

stock

spiritual

swim

stress

scared

staff

Spanish

swear

stretch

scheme

standard

spending

snake

scream

ski

stage

speaker

swallow

stream

scholarship

station

spin

sweat

strongly

scandal

statement

spokesman

sneak

string

scope

style

sponsor

sweater

stranger

slice

stuff

spill

swell

split

 

     

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