What kind of words: New, Difficult, Complex, Multiple Accepted Variations, Foreign… you know what – it really doesn’t matter, does it? You are probably tired of having to deal with spelling issues. Most of us are…
We have some solutions, but please grab a refreshing beverage (natural juice, green tea, a home-made green smoothie, or just get a big bottle of filtered water). It will take you a few minutes, but you will get an eye opener – it is coming up.
Here’s something that is both funny and sad at the same time. As you probably know, this site is about ways to enhance your memory and learning. Well, here is the sad thing, many people want a better memory, but they cannot even spell the words.
This is a short list of what people type in hoping to get to this site:
That is a lot of red squiggles in Word. If people have a hard time just spelling the basic term, how do they ever even get to our site for help? That is really the sad part of this, they may not even know that these are misspelled words. But, not to worry, we have some strategies that could make your life a lot easier – spelling wise and perhaps even more.
What are some of the common strategies that you’re tried to crack your own spelling nightmares?
Here is what About dot com says for the Top Four Spelling Rules:
“Spelling rules are a bit like weather forecasts: we may use them, but we really can’t depend on them to be right 100% of the time. In fact, the only fool-proof rule is that all spelling rules in English have exceptions…” Not very helpful, right?
1. Using I Before E
Use i before e, except after c, or when sounded as [a long a sound] “a” as in “neighbor” and “weigh.”
believe, chief, piece, and thief; deceive, receive, weigh, neighbor, and freight
efficient, weird, height, neither, ancient, caffeine, foreign
2. Dropping the Final E
Drop the final e before a suffix beginning with a vowel (a, e, i, o, u) but not before a suffix beginning with a consonant.
ride + ing = riding
guide + ance = guidance
hope + ing = hoping
entire + ly = entirely
like + ness = likeness
arrange + ment = arrangement
3. Changing a Final Y to I
Change a final y to i before a suffix, unless the suffix begins with i.
defy + ance = defiance
party + es = parties
pity + ful = pitiful
try + es = tries
try + ing = trying
copy + ing = copying
occupy + ing = occupying
4. Doubling a Final Consonant
Double a final single consonant before a suffix beginning with a vowel when both of these conditions exist:
- a single vowel precedes the consonant;
- the consonant ends an accented syllable or a one-syllable word.
stop + ing = stopping
admit + ed = admitted
occur + ence = occurrence
stoop + ing = stooping
benefit + ed = benefited
delight + ful = delightful
You have just four little rules (and a bunch of exceptions), why is still so hard to get it right?
Here is yet another list of commonly misspelled words:
Well OK then, I’m fully equipped, got my spelling rules, a quick list of the commonly misspelled words, what the heck else do I need?
Looks like that is still not enough – for me and many others out there. If it were just that simple, then we might be talking about something else…oh, like the weather forecast, since spelling seems to be about as predictable. :-)
Is your head spinning yet? Does this bring back painful memories? No problem, then let’s move on.
I don’t think I have thought about this stuff in years. If you actually had the time and motivation to memorize the basic rules, and all of the ton of exceptions (beyond just what is listed here), and you were a bit of an expert in word etymology, and your knowledge of syntax was superior, then this would just be an amusing footnote for you.
Now, for the rest of us, we will need something more. Perhaps even more rules (OK, just kidding).
Let’s look at another strategy.
Heck yeah, I grew up with the American Heritage Dictionary and all of those handy symbols, for example: Concentration (con-suhn-TRAY-shun or kǒn-sən-trāˊ-shən). Do you remember those symbols used to help you pronounce, syllabicate, and by extension help you to spell words? The premise being that if you have some strategies then you will be better equipped to deal with the complexities and idiosyncrasies of the English language.
Great idea, only problem with that is English, in particular American-style English, is far from being phonetic. You only have 26 letters of the alphabet and many letters have multiple sounds. For example, the letter A has at least four different and distinct sounds:
|ā||Long A||Age, Cake, Main|
|ǎ||Short A||Ann, Can’t, Mat|
|ä||Ah, sound||All, Father, Pasta|
|ə||Uh, sound (schwa)||About, Across, Around|
So, if you are trying to sound words out, then how will you know which sound to apply? In come the symbols, but in order for this to work, you would have to consistently use them in print all of the time – no exceptions. Of course the other problem is what do you do for non-written material? If you are in a conversation, surely you won’t be using symbols.
For me this is helpful with pronunciation. It is like seeing an old friend. However, if you did not use these symbols growing up, then this may not make much sense. Or, if you grew up with IPA symbols :-( then this will be like learning a different language. Now, if you had nothing, then at least this could be a possible strategy. The basic problems are still there, without the symbols, how would you know that you have the correct or desired word? This could be a starting point, but you would need a lot more to see you through it all.
Yep, let’s look at another strategy, but before we do, did you know that thousands of people cannot seem to find the correct spelling for…hint: it is meant to be a tasty appetizer that you eat before the main course, often misspelled: hor dourves …
The correct spelling is: hors d’œuvre (a French word which is singular or plural). In English you would probably see it written like this: hors d’oeuvres.
Now, that you’re hungry and all (quaint isn’t it), grab a healthy snack and let’s keep going.
OK, what about memory tricks such as Mnemonics? Can’t that work? Yes and no.
This is basically a memory aide – usually using some sort of word association scheme(s).
There are different types for different types of info. Here are a few examples.
Expressions and Word Mnemonics
Pretty, Please, My, Dear, Aunt, Sally, what’s that for?
This is how I taught kids the order of operations in math; Parentheses, Powers (i.e. exponents), Multiplication, Division, Addition, Subtraction.
How about: in English, the 7 coordinating conjunctions are For, And, Nor, But, Or, Yet, So = FANBOYS.
What about: The categories in the classification of life are Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species, Variety = Kings Play Cards On Fairly Good Soft Velvet.
Head spinning? OK.
A commonly used Rhyme Mnemonic for the number of days in each month is:
30 days hath September, April, June, and November
All the rest have 31
Except February my dear son
It has 28 and that is fine
But in Leap Year it has 29
This probably one of the more common types that most have heard of. You are trying to make a connection or a link between something you already know and some new thing you are trying to remember.
Here’s an easy one: Longitude vs. Latitude, which is which?
Lines on the globe that run North to South are Longitude, whereas lines that run East to West have to be Latitude, since there is no N in Latitude. Somewhat simplistic. How about if you think of it like Latitude sounds like flat, and flat lines run horizontal or East and West. Still no, you don’t like that? Well, truth be told, despite lots of folks swearing by this method, I’m not convinced either.
OK fine, if you really want to explore this technique in more detail, then here is a book (Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge – The Book of Mnemonic Devices) that may help you in this quest. Now, we have not read this book, but as of the date of publishing this article, it gets a very high rating (4.8 out of five stars), that means some people are finding it to be helpful.
The basic problems that are inherent with any Mnemonic systems are they attempt to provide short cuts, codes, and artificial links between one thing and another thing.
If you try to use the short cuts provided, then you will have to somehow get into the originator’s head. In other words, he has come up with short cuts and codes or links based on his experience, his life, his history, his expertise, and so forth. Now, if you don’t share his body of knowledge – and why would you – then his references and links probably won’t make much sense for you.
And of course the other issue is most of these links are always of a visual nature. This is fine is you are naturally very visual, but if you are not, then what?
Interestingly I am super visual, whereas my husband is just the opposite – he never seems to use visual skills, yet he found a way to work this system. He heavily modified all of the provided references to use example of things he was very familiar with.
Yep, what that means is, for this to really work, you must create your own code, your own links, from your own experiences. Yeah, that was what I thought, way too much work, even though my visual processing, and my visual memory is extremely high, I had no desire to create an entire mnemonic system just for me. I knew if I had to create my own system of references, then I basically would be creating my own short cut new language. I just could not see spending that kind of time. And when I tried to use “out-of-the box” provided codes, I found most of them did absolutely nothing for me, but had me scratching my head trying to figure out how those things were even related in the first place.
It ended up being a lot of layers, first how does A relate to B, then how will I remember to use A when I’m trying to remember B. It just got to be too much, so this was a big bust for me. I’m ready to move on again, hope you are too.
Then what the heck is the solution?
Spelling activities, spelling rules for kids, some kind of phonetic spelling converter thingy, spelling word games, what is it?
OK, OK, we’ve covered many systems that might work for some, but all have a number of problems, many require so much time to make the necessary modifications that most people will not be able to do this or will give up in frustration.
We want to look at this from a different standpoint.
Let’s stop the madness.
What if you could throw out all of the spelling rules, get rid of the memory tricks, yet be able to spell all words flawlessly and accurately every time you need them?
Also, you would need to do this in your lifetime, we are mindful of time and the growing number of responsibilities that everyone has to undertake. We’re not interested in a life-long program. We’re looking at something a lot more reasonable.
So, the conclusion is in a nutshell, just memorize the dictionary. That way whatever word you need is in your brain, and you just have to dig it out.
Now, you are probably thinking, “Have you flipped out?” Who is going to spend a life-time memorizing the dictionary?
Yeah, it does sound crazy but if you could do this, would that not help you in almost everything you do in life? It would build your confidence in your writing, it would greatly help your communications skills, and it would certainly save some unimaginable amount of time!
All right, what is this really about? It is mental photography. This is where you can take this book, the Houghton Mifflin American Heritage Office Edition Dictionary, (Paperback, 960 pages) and you store the ENTIRE book in your head. Whenever you need a word, you just ask for that word and it will come from your built-in library and appear in your thoughts just as your favorite dish comes to mind when you have cravings.
It may seem hard to believe and perhaps even ridiculous, but surely you must be aware that most human brains are working at 5-10% capacity. So, what is happening with the rest of the 90%? A small amount of that is typical bodily functions (breathing, metabolism, and such), but the rest is basically untapped resources – just going to waste in many cases.
Why not get more from the resources you already have? You just need a way to tap into this massive powerhouse. This can be done in a couple of ways. It will require you do things in a different manner than you did in the past – which should be a welcome change – because if your old methods worked, we would not have been able to have this little chat today, right?
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Folks, this is your one-two punch, stop wasting your time on the old methods that clearly have let you down. Right now you can experience a new level of learning that not only will help you with spelling but it will help you in almost all other areas of your life.
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