Consonant Clusters Pronunciation

Level: Intermediate

Topic: General

Grammar Topic: Syllables

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Three-sound Consonant Clusters Word-Building Practice

Take turns pronouncing all the words on one line below, making sure you keep the same 

number of syllables when you pronounce each version. (All but two have just one 

syllable). 

Three-sound initial consonant clusters

ray/ pray/ spray

rap/ trap/ strap

rip/ trip/ strip

’roo/ crew/ screw

reed/ creed/ screed

rang/ prang/ sprang

rate/ trait/ straight

roll/ troll/ stroll

wash/ quash/ squash

Three-sound final consonant clusters

gif/ gift/ gifts

sick/ six/ sixth

tech/ Tex/ text

whirl/ world/ worlds

fill/ film/ filmed

fall/ fault/ faults

kill/ kiln/ kilns

hole/ hold/ holds

cam/ camp/ camps

temp/ tempt/ tempts

hundred/ hundredth/ hundredths

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2015

thousand/ thousandth/ thousandths

pan/ pant/ pants

lap/ lapse/ lapsed

Do the same thing with the words below, this time making the three (real English) words 

yourselves but cutting them down twice, cutting them down just once, then pronouncing 

the word given, e.g. “ream”, “cream” and “scream”. 

Initial consonant clusters

scream

scrape

script

spree

strain

stray

stripe

Final consonant clusters

milked

elms

helped

next

ends

ants

amps

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2015