Top 5 tips to improve your spelling of English words

spelling of English wordsFor some peo­ple it’s easy to remem­ber the spelling of Eng­lish words; for oth­ers, it isn’t. If Eng­lish is sim­i­lar to your lan­guage mak­ing spelling chal­leng­ing for you or spelling is just dif­fi­cult for you (no excus­es need­ed), try some of my tips to improve your spelling of Eng­lish words.

Top 1: Write the word many times until it becomes muscle memory.

When you dri­ve, do you tell your­self the steps before you turn left or right, or do you sim­ply do it with­out think­ing? If you’ve got your dri­ver license, I trust it’s the lat­ter because by now the steps are mus­cle mem­o­ry. Make that your goal with spelling Eng­lish words as well. By writ­ing the dif­fi­cult-to-spell words sev­er­al times, it’ll become auto­mat­ic for your hand to spell them correctly.

Top 2: Draw parallelisms between the difficult-to-spell and easy-to-spell words.spelling of English words

Break the word into syl­la­bles and note which part you always mis­spell. Think of a word that is spelt the same way as the part you always get wrong and write it next to the word. For instance, if you always spell ‘real­ly’ with one L, work on fix­ing your spelling of the first part. Write ‘kill’, ‘doll’ or any word with dou­ble L that you can con­fi­dent­ly spell next to or above ‘real’ in the word ‘real­ly’.

Top 3: Say the letters to yourself out loud.

If you are an audi­to­ry learn­er, say the let­ters of the dif­fi­cult word to your­self. Say it out loud over and over again until you become con­fi­dent at spelling it. While say­ing it to your­self, you can also write it to cre­ate an audio-visu­al lock.

Top 4: Read. Just read.spelling of English words

You can stare at the word and just learn its spelling, or you can expose your­self to more words by read­ing dif­fer­ent kinds of texts on top­ics you’re inter­est­ed in. The more you see words, the more famil­iar you become with the pat­terns of let­ters, which will lead to your mas­tery of the spelling of many Eng­lish words.

Top 5: ‘Air-write’ the difficult-to-spell words.

Air-writ­ing cre­ates the con­nec­tion between your brain and your writ­ing hand to help you remem­ber the spelling of words. It’s sim­ple — first, write the word on a sheet of paper. Then, instead of writ­ing the same word sev­er­al times, let your index fin­ger trace over it many times. When you’re more con­fi­dent, try to air-write the word with­out the spelling guide.

Don’t let spelling put you down. Try two or three ways to improve your spelling of Eng­lish words and you’ll see the dif­fer­ence. Good luck with your spelling!

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