i before e, except after c.. and also v?
September 11, 2012 6:20 AM Subscribe
Looking for new ways to learn to spell specific words. and possibly to make it sink into my head when you use "then" vs "than".
posted by royalsong to Writing & Language (16 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I have never been, and will never be, the world's best speller. But, my ability to spell has improved dramatically since I started doing a lot of typing.
I still have some words that trip me up. Some of the following is just an example:
Reveal (I want to spell it "Reveil")
As I'm sure you can tell, I am a phonetic speller. To me, the "veal" in reveal sounds like the veil of a dress and not the meal. This is reenforced by the fact that to reveal something, you often show it off, aka to unveil it. Not cook a nice dinner again.
One way I've been able to combat this was to set a login password to the correct spelling, which forced me to learn it.
I was hoping there was a program out there, or even a android app, that would randomly pop up and ask me how to spell a word from a list I give it. (Or possibly some "most commonly misspelled words" list)
related question: I never ever use "than". Any time I am saying something happened after something else, I always use then. I never even stop to think about it. I know there's little memory sayings you can tell yourself, but when you don't even stop to think.. how do you remember to say the sayings?