Sunday, December 11, 2011

Spelling Problems in English



Spelling Problems

in English

Spelling words in English is

challenging work. As a matter

of fact, many native speakers

of English have problems with

spelling correctly. One of the

main reasons for this is that

many, many English words

are NOT spelled as they are

spoken. This difference

between pronunciation and

spelling causes a lot of

confusion. The combination

"ough" provides an excellent

example:

Tough - pronounced - tuf (the

'u' sounding as in 'cup')

Through - pronounced - throo

Dough - pronounced - doe

(long 'o')

Bought - pronounced - bawt

It's enough to make

anyone crazy!!

This feature provides a guide

to the most common

problems when spelling

words in English.

Swallowed Syllables - Three

Syllables Pronounced as

Two Syllables

Aspirin - pronounced - asprin

Different - pronounced -

diffrent

Every - pronounced - evry

Swallowed Syllables - Four

Syllables Pronounced as

Three Syllables

Comfortable - pronounced -

comftable

Temperature - pronounced -

temprature

Vegetable - pronounced -

vegtable

Homophones - Words That

Sound the Same

two, to, too - pronounced -

too

knew, new - pronounced -

niew

through, threw - pronounced -

throo

not, knot, naught -

pronounced - not

Same Sounds - Different

Spellings

'Eh' as in 'Let'

let

bread

said

'Ai' as in 'I'

I

sigh

buy

either


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Silent Letters (Continued from Page 1) The following letters are silent when pronounced. D - sandwich, Wednesday G - sign, foreign GH - daughter, light, right H - why, honest, hour K - know, knight, knob L - should, walk, half P - cupboard, psychology S - island T - whistle, listen, fasten U - guess, guitar W - who, write, wrong Unusual Letter Combinations GH = 'F' cough, laugh, enough, rough CH = 'K' chemistry, headache, Christmas, stomach EA = 'EH' breakfast, head, bread, instead EA = 'EI' steak, break EA = 'EE' weak, streak OU = 'UH' country, double, enough