With The Story of English in 100 Words, David Crystal took us on a tour through the history of our language. Now, with Spell It Out, he takes on the task of answering all the questions about how we spell: "Why is English spelling so difficult?" Or "Why are good spellers so proud of their achievement that when they see a misspelling they condemn the writer as sloppy, lazy, or uneducated?" In thirty-seven short, engaging and informative chapters, Crystal takes readers on a history of English spelling, starting with the Roman missionaries' sixth century introduction of the Roman alphabet and ending with where the language might be going. He looks individually at each letter in the alphabet and its origins. He considers the question of vowels and how people developed a way to tell whether or not it was long or short. He looks at influences from other cultures, and explains how English speakers understood that the "o" in "hopping" was a short vowel, rather than the long vowel of "hoping". If you've ever asked yourself questions like "Why do the words "their", "there" and "they're" sound alike, but mean very different things?" or "How can we tell the difference between "charge" the verb and "charge" the noun?" David Crystal's Spell It Out will spell it all out for you.
Using simple explanations and corpus examples, Collins Easy Learning English Spelling describes the patterns and rules you need to understand and predict how words are spelt in English. It also provides practical advice on learning words that are difficult to spell, and shows why some words can cause problems for even the most experienced users of English.
With its alphabetical index of tricky words, along with useful tips for memorising these, Collins Easy Learning English Spelling is ideal for all users of English who want to become good spellers.
Did you just end your last memo to your boss "CU L8R?"
Do mysterious voices tell you to use "their" and "there" interchangeably? Don't know the difference between "its" and "it's?" Suffer no more--help is on the way!
• The top 50 most misspelled words and how to fix them
• 50+ "hard" words that'll immediately power up your spelling IQ
• Painless step-by-step exercises
• Memory joggers
. . . And much more!
Using amusing quizzes, humorous tests, and "MadLibs"-type exercises, U Can Spl Btr will help you get into perfect spelling shape. It's never too soon--or too late!
Dr. Laurie E. Rozakis earned her Ph.D. in English and American Literature from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. A full professor of English at Farmingdale State College, Dr. Rozakis has published over 100 books, including The Complete Idiot's Guide to Grammar and Style, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Creative Writing, Vocabulary for Dummies, and The Portable Jewish Mother: Guilt, Food, and. . .When Are You Giving Me Grandchildren? Dr. Rozakis frequently appears on television, including Live with Regis and Kelly, The CBS Morning Show, Good Day, New York, Metro Relationships, and Fox Personal F/X. Her career and books have been profiled in The New York Times, the New York Daily News, Time magazine, and the Chicago Tribune.
Using simple explanations, backed up with examples to demonstrate each point, Collins Webster’s Easy English Spelling describes the patterns and rules you need to understand and predict how words are spelled in English. It also provides practical advice on learning words whose spellings are not easy to predict, and shows why some words can present difficulties for even the most experienced users of English.
With its alphabetical index of tricky words, along with useful tips for memorising these, Collins Webster’s Easy English Spelling is a valuable resource for all users of English who want to become good spellers.
This is an indispensable grammar guide that should be in every Canadian's backpack, briefcase, or handbag.
Allworth Press, an imprint of Skyhorse Publishing, publishes a broad range of books on the visual and performing arts, with emphasis on the business of art. Our titles cover subjects such as graphic design, theater, branding, fine art, photography, interior design, writing, acting, film, how to start careers, business and legal forms, business practices, and more. While we don't aspire to publish a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are deeply committed to quality books that help creative professionals succeed and thrive. We often publish in areas overlooked by other publishers and welcome the author whose expertise can help our audience of readers.
From the sophisticated writing systems of the ancient Sumerians through the tongue twisters of Middle English, the popular National Spelling Bee, and the mobile phone text-messaging of today, Spellbound chronicles the fascinating history of English spelling, including insights about the vast number of words English has borrowed from other languages (“orange,” “vanilla,” and “ketchup,” to name a few), and how their meanings differ from country to country. Featuring a lively cast of characters ranging from the fictional to the historically noteworthy (Chaucer, Samuel Johnson, Noah Webster, Shakespeare, Bill Gates), this affectionate tribute to English spelling shows why our whimsical, capricious common language continues to hold us spellbound.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Every spring in the nation's capital, after a starting pool of 10 million kids narrows to 250 finalists, America's top young spellers face off in a nail-biting contest. So electric is the drama that millions of viewers tune in to watch ESPN's live telecast
But this national obsession is much more than a sporting story--and this first-ever narrative nonfiction book about the National Spelling Bee immerses the reader in unique subculture, portraying the endearing fraternity of brilliant, eccentric young word nerds who vie for a gold trophy, a hefty check, and a glorious moment of national fame.
Author James Maguire, who like the contestants is an inveterate word nut, captures the agony and glory of this singularly American event. He profiles the top five spellers across the country, exploring their hopes and dreams-and strategies for winning--as they prepare for their moment in the spotlight. American Bee takes readers behind the scenes at the National Bee, providing a narrative thrill ride as the tension mounts round by round.
Bloopers from foreign restaurants include:
* "Our wines leave you nothing to hope for."
* "As for the tripe served here, you will be singing its praises to your grandchildren on your deathbed."
Excerpts from students' twisted history papers include:
* "World War I made the people so sad that it brought on the Great Depression."
* "America was founded by four fathers. Delegates from the original 13 states formed the Contented Congress. Thomas Jefferson, a Virgin, and Benjamin Franklin were two singers of the Decoration of Independence, which says that all men are cremated equal and are well endowed by their creator."
Hilarious illustrations by Jim McLean make The Bride of Anguished English the perfect book for anyone who loves English with all its blunders and bloopers and quips and quirks.
Parents have recognized that starting their children on the road to mastering English gives young learners the necessary tools to become active and engaged players in an increasingly competitive world. "Read Assure" provides an entry point by which young learners can pick up any English book - from picture books to more challenging works - and read them with delight.
Having tried and tested this volume on numerous children with great success, the author can say without hesitation that this may be just what your child needs to develop a lifelong love of and proficiency in the English language.
About the Author:
Everett Ofori, MBA is a Canadian instructor with more than 20 years of experience as a teacher of English as a Second Language. Currently residing in Japan, Everett has had the privilege of teaching the whole spectrum of learners, from children as young as four to seasoned business executives. The writing of "Read Assure" arose out of the simple observation that many of the methods by which children are taught to speak English miss the point, especially when these children do not have the benefit of regular daily interaction with native speakers. The results obtained from the use of this book have been nothing short of spectacular and it is hoped that parents and teachers who are determined to bequeath the gift of English mastery to young learners will find in this book just what they need.
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At last a book which spills the beans on English spelling.
English spelling has rules and lots of them. Paquita Boston
explains why English spelling is so difficult, much harder than spelling in
most other languages. Boston also reveals the various codes that govern English
spelling and describes how these codes are keys to hidden treasure, the
cultural inheritance of all English speaking people.
Boston treats spelling as a game as serious as any sport,
with as many rules and as many game changes. After reading this book you’ll
actually enjoy spelling and no longer view English as a ‘funny language without
many spelling rules’. Instead, you will want to share the inside story on
English spelling with young and old.
Weird or wierd? Necessary or neccessary? Recomend or recommend? English spelling is fiendish, but that doesn't mean you can't have fun with it.
Accomodating Brocolli in the Cemetary is at once a celebration of spelling and a solace to anyone who has ever struggled with the arcane rules of the English language. As amusing as he is informative, Vivian Cook thrills the reader with more than a hundred entries -- from photographs of hilariously misspelled signs to quizzes best taken in private to schadenfreude-rich examples of spelling errors of literary greats -- that will tickle the inner spelling geek in every reader.
It all adds up to a gem of a book that takes a wry look at the hodgepodge evolution of spelling and the eccentric way it actually works.
Difficult Words Spelling Test
Circle whichever one is right.
1. dessicate desiccate desicate
2. ecstasy exstacy ecstacy
3. adress adres address
4. dumbel dumbbell dumbell
5. accomodate accommodate acommodate
6. necesary neccesary necessary
7. liaison liaision liason
8. pronounciation pronounceation pronunciation
9. ocurence occurrence occurence
10. embarass embaras embarrass
11. brocolli broccolli broccoli
12. refering referring refferring
13. cemetery semetary cemetary