Learning to Spell
It is jam packed full with inconsistencies and exceptions to the spelling that we are taught.
People who are learning the language will be quick to point out all of these irregularities.
Many native speakers of English have problems with spelling correctly and English spelling can be hard to master for both native and non-native English speakers alike.
Spelling counts and one little error can give a very bad impression if it is an important letter or, worse still, on a slide on a presentation that you are making.
Typos and spelling mistakes in your public documents are the fastest way to damage your reputation so take care.
One of the key difficulties is the difference between pronunciation and spelling which causes a lot of confusion, along with similar sounding spelled differently words.
The most common and biggest spelling blooper must be Its rather than It's.
This is closely followed by getting the wrong spelling for Their, There and They're.
Also, using "Your" when you should have said" You're" is a common problem.
Then there is the old chestnut "serperate" instead of the correct spelling which is "separate.
" Go look these up, make a note of which you use where, and your spelling will be much better.
Here are some more tips for improving spelling: Write a sentence with each of the letters in the word.
You could learn to spell "separate" with the sentence "So everyone pretends a rare time exists.
" We are busy concentrating when we write so proof read your work afterwards.
It is all too simple to put in a sound alike word such as reef or wreath and carry on unaware that a mistake has been made.
Proof read things later and you will often think "how could I have written that?" it's because you were thinking hard about the subject that you writing about.
There is no way to know whether to write "Fairtrade" of "Fair-trade" so always look in a dictionary and check out these so called compound words.
Best of all, spend time every day reading books and newspapers.
A good novel makes it easy and is a great help in learning to spell.
Make a note and write down any word that is unfamiliar.
Look up the word or words in the dictionary when you go home and remember that the more you read, the more you look up in dictionaries, the better you will become at spelling.
You can improve your spelling with regular effort.
There are books, DVDs and more aids available to help you.
Try a variety because we all learn differently and you might just come across one system which works well for you.