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Tricky Words

What Is A Tricky Word? (And How To Teach Them)

‘Tricky’ words are not tricky because they are hard! That’s the most important thing to understand.

Many children are put off them because they think they are difficult, as well as there being some parents that don’t want to practice them with their child because they sound intimidating.

‘Tricky’ words are called that because you can’t sound them out. That’s all there is to them!

So, in short, what is a ‘tricky’ word?

A ‘tricky’ word is one that cannot be sounded out. They are words that are non-phonetic. If you sound them out and then try to blend the sounds, you will get a word that does not sound right. They are words that must be recognized by sight.