Blends

When two or more letters appear together and you hear each sound that each consonant would normally make, the combination is called a blend. For instance, the word blend has two consonant blends: bl, for which you hear the sounds for both b and l, and nd, for which you hear the sounds for both n and d.

Two-Letter Blends

  • bl, which blends the /b/ and the /l/ sounds together to make the /bl/ sound as in blend and blight
  • br, which blends the /b/ and the /r/ sounds together to make the /br/ sound as in break and brown
  • cl, which blends the /c/ and the /l/ sounds together to make the /cl/ sound as in cluster and class
  • cr, which blends the /c/ and the /r/ sounds together to make the /cr/ sound as in crash and cross
  • dr, which blends the /d/ and the /r/ sounds together to make the /dr/ sound as in drive and drab
  • fl, which blends the /f/ and the /l/ sounds together to make the /fl/ sound as in flu and flake
  • fr, which blends the /f/ and the /r/ sounds together to make the /fr/ sound as in freedom and frost
  • gl, which blends the /g/ and the /l/ sounds together to make the /gl/ sound as in glad and glory
  • gr, which blends the /g/ and the /r/ sounds together to make the /gr/ sound as in green and gravy
  • nd, which blends the /n/ and the /d/ sounds together to make the /nd/ sound as in blend and send
  • pl, which blends the /p/ and the /l/ sounds together to make the /pl/ sound as in play and plow
  • pr, which blends the /p/ and the /r/ sounds together to make the /pr/ sound as in prime and prowl
  • sl, which blends the /s/ and the /l/ sounds together to make the /sl/ sound as in slogan and sloppy
  • sm, which blends the /s/ and the /m/ sounds together to make the /sm/ sound as in small and smart
  • sn, which blends the /s/ and the /n/ sounds together to make the /sn/ sound as in snail and snore
  • sp, which blends the /s/ and the /p/ sounds together to make the /sp/ sound as in special and spackel
  • st, which blends the /s/ and the /t/ sounds together to make the /st/ sound as in stop and start

Three-Letter Blends

  • shr, which blends the /sh/ digraph and the /r/ sound together to make the /shr/ sound as in shroud
  • spl, which blends the /sp/ blend and the /l/ sound together to make the /spl/ sound as in splash and splendid
  • spr, which blends the /sp/ blend and the /r/ sound together to make the /spr/ sound as in spring and spray
  • squ, which blends the /s/ sound and the /sq/ digraph together to make the /squ/ sound as in squid and squelch
  • str, which blends the /st/ blend and the /r/ sound together to make the /str/ sound as in struggle and strap
  • thr, which blends the /th/ digraph and the /r/ sound together to make the /thr/ sound as in throw

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