Hello and welcome to LetThemTalk and what
I want to talk to you about today is The magic “e”. Every British kid knows about the magic
“e”. I learnt it at school in London when I was about 6 or 7 years old. I think
Americans call it the “silent e” but it’s the same. Do a search in youtube and you’ll
find songs for kids about  the silent “e” or the magic “e”. So what is it? It’s a rule of spelling
that will help your pronunciation too. An if you want to bring your spelling and
pronunciation to a good level then you need to learn it.
English spelling is quite archaic with lots of irregular spellings and pronunciation
but here is one rule that you can learn and which really useful. If you want to know more
then stay tuned. So the vowels in English are A,E,I,O,U. but
there are 2 ways to pronounce these. You have the long vowel pronunciation (which is
also the name of the vowels) and the short vowel pronunciation. The sounds can vary a bit
and I have a litlle London accent but basically the short vowels are … [examples] So let’s see what
happens when we put an “e” at the end of these words. So the “e” stays silent but the
previous vowel sound says the name of its letter. So the name of the letters are A,E,I,O.U so…. Of course there are many exceptions such, as “have”. “come”, love”, “none”, “done”. ..By the way, hundreds of years ago these were pronounced with a magic “e” We’ve changed
the pronunciation but not the spelling. which is completely ridiculous and I wish I could change the English language but.. Some foreign words don’t have the magic “e” such as “promenade”
or “karaoke”. sometimes foreign words keep foreign accents in order
NOT to have the magic “e” at the end – to make the “e” pronounced. Such as résumé (with French accents).
and not resume. Spelt the same but without accents (an English word). and café has an accent we don’t want to say “cafe” (kaif). So when people say there are no accent marks in English well, that’s not quite true and for good
reason. This rule also helps explain a lot of English spelling too The magic “e” generally only works before
a single consonant. So where we require a short vowel we can double the consonant before
the “e” and it will keep it short.; That’s why “write” has a single “T” so the magic
“e” will give the “i” sound – write. “wrote” too has a magic “e”but written (with a short
vowel) has a double “t” other examples ….. OK well it’s not everyday that
you learn some magic but today you’ve learnt the magic “e”. Thank you for watching
and more English language videos coming soon.