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How do you spell that?

Spelling in English is particularly difficult due to the irregular relationship between sound and spelling. However, patterns DO exist! Try these pages for help.

 

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Spelling Rules

Very useful guide, with information on adding -er/-est, US and UK differences, and more. 

Level: Pre-Inter to Upper Inter.  Go>

y and i

Explanations and an exercise

Level: Pre-Inter to Intermediate. You need Flash.  Go>

Go to School Game - Spelling Numbers 1-20

Type the spelling as quickly as possible. 

Level: Elementary to Pre-Inter. Go>

English is not Phonetic

A short introduction to the problem of spelling and pronunciation in English. 

Level: Pre-Inter to Intermediate. Go>

Double Consonants

Hopping or hoping? This explains when consonants need to doubled.

Level: Pre-Inter to Upper Inter. Go>

Silent Letters

A-Z of examples from BBC World Service.

Level: Intermediate to Advanced. You need RealPlayer. This website has sound Go>

Quiz - Intermediate level

 

Advanced Topics

Spelling and Pronunciation Poem

Listen to and read a poem that shows the irregular relationship between spelling and pronunciation in English.  Oh, dear! 

Level: Upper Inter to Advanced. You need RealPlayer. This website has sound Go>

Typing Errors

A discussion of typical mistakes and how to check for them.

Level: Upper Inter. Go>

Spelloween Game

A spelling game with a halloween theme.

Level: Advanced. Go>

Plural Nouns

Level: Advanced. Go>

Spelling Test - 50 Common Mistakes

Good luck!  This one is difficult even for native speakers!  

Level: Advanced to Upper Advanced. Go>

 

 

Homophones

Homophones are words that sound the same, but are spelt differently and have different meanings.

EnglishClub.com

An introduction to homophones, with 70 examples.

Level: Upper Inter to Advanced. Go>

Headway Quiz 1

Headway Quiz 2

Homonyms Game 1

A concentration game to test your memory. Can you find the pairs of homonyms? Follow the instructions to learn how to play.

Level: Upper Inter.  You need Flash.  This website has sound Go>

Homonyms Game 2

This game is the same as the one above, but has different pairs of homonyms each time.

Level: Upper Inter. Go>

Match the Homonyms

Level: Advanced. Go>

 

 

Related Pages

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Pronunciation: Spelling & Sound

US / British English

Commonly Confused Words

 

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