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I'm trying to find a list of something like this:

ck
ph
kn
ch
sk

etc. Basically, they would be pronounceable and are often used to make up words. I think there is a term for this. Like 'ph' can be made in to 'phone'. 'Ch' can be made in to 'Check'.

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Consonant Digraphs –  Kris Dec 17 '12 at 7:06
    
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They're called digraphs -- consonant digraphs in your specific case.

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is 'sch' (pronounced still as a single sound) still called a digraph or a trigraph? (e.g. in Schadenfreude) –  SF. Dec 17 '12 at 8:46
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@SF. Trigraphs chr, dge, tch, ... Polygraph Test: phonicsontheweb.com/digraphs.php ;) –  Kris Dec 17 '12 at 9:57
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Ch and ph would be digraphs, but sk would be a blend. The distinction depends on whether or not the two letters create an entirely new sound (the way "ph" makes the "f" sound, as in phonics), or if they blend together, retaining their root sound (like the "gr" in grape).

Therefore, the word blend has two blends, but the word digraph has a blend and a digraph.

Kn or ck (as in knock) are a bit unique, in that one of the two letters is silent. Nonethless, these are still considered to be consonant digraphs.

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In elementary school, in the 1970s, they were called "consonant clusters", but I'd imagine that "digraph" is a more technically correct term that our teachers didn't think were were ready for. –  TecBrat Dec 18 '12 at 10:44
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