Some groups of letters, such as pee and bee, or em and en, are easily confused in speech, especially when heard over the telephone or a radio communications link.
Listen to the pronunciation and the spelling of words that start with the letters from the alphabet. See Latin alphabet: Origins. Hyphen[ edit ] Hyphens are often used in English compound words.
This was replaced by Insular scripta cursive and pointed version of the half-uncial script.
The English alphabet consists of 26 letters: Your browser does not support the audio element. These languages are known collectively as Anglo-Saxon or Old English, and began to appear in writing during the 5th century AD in a runic alphabet.
Modern English By about the 15th century Middle English had evolved into Early Modern English, and continued to absorb numerous words from other languages, especially from Latin and Greek.
The consistent use of w developed in the early Middle English period, during the 12th to 13th centuries. Affects R.
Main article: Letter frequency The letter most commonly used in English is E.