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  • Writer's pictureRuth Tougas

How many words a child can read will depend on how he can manipulate the sounds of the 26 letters

Updated: Jan 23, 2023

Close to a million words and counting: How many words a child can read and spell will depend on how he can manipulate the sounds of the 26 letters of the English alphabet...


According to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, there is no exact number of words in English because the language is expanding but we have approximately a million words and these words are from the 26 letters of our alphabet that we each use and combined to create speech sounds and to form words. For example, just the workaholic letter e alone with other sounds, /or/, /oi/, /ee/, and consonants, /b/ /c/, /d/ etc., has created more than 120,000 words ranging from two-letter words to 15-letter words such as he, duke, prince, spare, epilogue, dedication, hallucinated, acknowledgments, adventurousness, etc. – F A S C I N A T I N G!


Therefore if your struggling child knows the sounds of the English language and how to manipulate the sounds: connect, change, remove, and add them he can read and spell better than what he can do now: Get help from the expert!

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Read more about our English language count here: https://www.merriam-webster.com/help/faq-how-many-english-words




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