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English Spelling and Pronunciation

How can you improve your spelling?


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November 27, 2015 7:03PM

The answer below this answer is excellent please read what a fellow contributor suggests.

In my own experience, spelling can be improved without even actually trying but it depends on how much a person loves reading. Many people improve their spelling by:

* Reading newspapers and looking up the definitions of words that are unfamiliar. For example,

a recent news article spoke about the pluralism and democracy in the Netherlands. The key word that might be stumbled on is "pluralism". By checking the definition, a person not only expands their knowledge but improves their spelling; and

* Reading books, either for pleasure, or for school studying purposes. For example, in reading about Karl Marx, " trade unionists may not seek revolution, but ameliorative advances.." The word perhaps not known is ameliorative. By checking its definition, one also expands one's vocabulary but also one's spelling.

Bottom line is that allot of reading will not only be informative, entertaining, but also a method to improve spelling.

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August 16, 2015 6:05AM

Well, if you need to type things you can use abc spell check, and if you are writing things, you could check the dictionary. I used to have bad spelling when I was a kid, and I just kept on asking my parents how do you spell this? And now, I'm an expert.

You can improve your spelling by: Whenever you're not sure of how to spell a word, check the dictionary. If you are typing something, use abc spell check. Either any of those seem right, you can ask people. Just keep on doing that and practice if you have free time, and poof! You'll be a great speller. Also, read. Read a lot.


A check-as-you-type spell checker is invaluable to avoid getting into bad spellings (especially schwa spelling errors such as catolog instead of catalog).

As a championship speller, I found the best advanced method was to study words that are related to each other, either with the same root or at least the same language origin. When you understand the various sources of English words, you can actually spell words that you have never heard before, with a reasonable chance of accuracy!

Additionally, you need to learn which homonyms (there, their) are right for the usage, which a spell checker cannot tell you. Learn the exceptions to rules. Also some prefixes and suffixes bear study, such as -able and -ible, and the "shun" endings: -cion, -sion, and -tion.