The Inside Story on English Spelling

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 Ever wondered why ‘his’ doesn’t have a Z? Or what on Earth
is O doing in ‘won’? Ever asked why GH is in through? Or what is the point of
silent letters?



 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. 

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DoctorZed Publishing
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Published on
Jan 3, 2014
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Pages
210
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ISBN
9780975674437
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Language
English
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Genres
Foreign Language Study / English as a Second Language
Language Arts & Disciplines / Spelling
Reference / Word Lists
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