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Difficulty Spelling? Here’s What You Can Do

For adults, and children looking for help with their spelling, a number of options exist that can take the drudgery out of the task, and actually make it fun, as well as rewarding.

The traditional method for practicing spelling skills is to have someone read out words to you while you write them down as you think they should be spelled, and have them checked afterwards by the person reading the words out in the first place. What could be more straight forward? Well, nothing really, but just ask any parent or friend who may have taught their kids, or helped friends out this way, and they will tell you it is so dull!

To alleviate the boredom, word games such as Hangman are a good way of having a little fun while also learning spelling. Three-letter words, to ten letter words, there is no limit (within reason), and the act of working out what words might be created when just a couple of vowels are in position really get the mind focusing on how words are spelled. Scrabble is also a fun way to play with words, and get used to how words are spelled if you are playing with someone who has a good working knowledge of words. Of course, this doesn’t mean you have to go looking for the nearest Einstein in order to play Scrabble, as the use of a dictionary during the game is allowed in the official rules.

Aside from playing games to take the drudgery out of learning to spell, the serious parents might consider sending their child to night school, or the adult with spelling problems might look at attending evening classes. Hiring a private tutor is also an option, though this can be extremely expensive, and only really takes you back to our earlier square one in that the tutor will be using the “recite and copy” method. Having said that, the private tutor will have extensive knowledge (if they are any good) as regards the complexities of the English language, and may be able to explain the concepts behind “diphthongs,” and “accented syllables.”

There are so many “rules” to be learned when studying the Queens English that it is little wonder people have difficulty in the first place. But these rules can be overcome by simply understanding how words are constructed. And that’s all they are really, constructs. Once the student understands these rules the easier spelling becomes.

But if you are a parent keen to help your child with their spelling, or an adult looking to improve theirs but don’t want to shell out $75 an hour for a private tutor, what other alternatives are there?

One very cheap alternative is self-help tutorials that come in the form of software for your PC, or laptop. There are many programs out there that are very reasonably priced, and contain all the components required for learning to spell correctly. Some of the better ones are: Spellzone, Spelling Made Simple, BigIQkids, SpellQuizzer, iSpellwell, and Personal Best Spelling. But probably the best on the market is Ultimate Spelling by eReflect. Highly praised by bestpricepicker.com, Ultimate Spelling is well worth a look for ease of use, fun, and the fantastic results it provides.







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