- "A pair of letters representing a single speech sound, such as the ph in pheasant or the ea in beat."
- "A single character consisting of two letters run together and representing a single sound, such as Old English æ."
Examples of the most common digraphs are:
- Ch-makes the sound /ch/ NOT /chuh/
- Sh-makes the sound /sh/ NOT /shuh/
- Th-makes the sound /th/ NOT /thuh/
- Wh-makes the sound /wh/ NOT /whuh/
- There are also many vowel digraphs, but these are more often taught as vowel pairs in school in which the following rule usually applies:
- "the first one does the talking, and the second does the walking." For example, the ea in beat would say /E/ since the letter e did the "talking" and the a "walked away."
- "Blends are different (than digraphs) because they have more than one letter but you can hear their sounds and are not one single sound. It is contrary to its name of 'blend'."