Spelling is Essential to Understanding

dictionary1Spelling is so very important when it comes to understanding English and communicating properly.  The English language is filled with words that sound the same; words that are spelled the same; and words that have letters in them you don’t even hear when spoken…it’s crazy!  Many native speakers have poor spelling skills, but as a second language learner you have the opportunity to get it right the first time.  One of the best ways to learn how words are spelled is to simply look them up in a dictionary.  Whenever you see a word you don’t understand, look it up, practice how to say it, and then try using it in a sentence every day for a week.  This way you will get used to how the word is used and how the word is spelled.  Here are some links that can also help you with common spelling errors.

http://esl.about.com/od/writingintermediate/a/l_spell.htm

http://esl.about.com/od/writingstyle/a/g_spellrules.htm

http://eslus.com/LESSONS/SPELL/SPELL.HTM

http://esl.about.com/od/intermediatewriting/a/w_usedictionary.htm

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