Published: Monday, 23 May, 2016 10:35 AM
How to improve on spellings?
You may be able to express yourself impeccably and have a good personality but if you make the elementary error of misspelling words, you are bound to be judged severely and leave a glaring gap in your personality. Spelling words correctly is one of the basic requirements learning a language effectively. It is easy to ignore, as one does not make a conscious effort to work on the spellings Practice. The emphasis is always to get the pronunciation right, an impressive vocabulary, never on getting the correct spellings. It remains one of the first and distinct measure of somebody’s written work and leads to the creation of an image of the person that reflects callousness and may not go in his/her favour.
A good speller is one who automatically writes correctly, while absorbed in the thought process, while expressing himself. Learning to spell well is important for good communication. Poor spelling makes a piece of written work less appealing and less effective. Learn to improve your spellings by practising.
Spelling a word correctly is a habit that needs to be developed since childhood. Along with adding more and more words to your vocabulary, also observe the spelling of the words and store it in your mind. Some of the other ways of how to improve spellings are :
Remembering the spelling of a difficult word might not be an easy task but adding meaningful information to that word can make it simpler to memorise. For instance, an acronym, which is an invented combination of letters with each letter acting as a cue to an idea you need to remember can help you get the right spellings, for example, the spelling of ‘Brass’ is an acronym for how to shoot a rifle- Breathe, Relax, Aim, Sight, Squeeze. Some mnemonics use sentences to explain the difficult part of spelling a word, such as, to spell ‘island’, remember ‘An island is land surrounded by water.’
When words are long, they become difficult to spell too. In such cases, separate the word into “chunks” or shorter parts. For instance, the word ‘mesmerised’ can be broken into mes, mer, ised. In this way, you are not remembering the full word but parts of the word which makes it easier to memorise.
3. Remember rules
Remembering some rules can help you avoid silly errors while spelling a word. For instance, the rule of ‘ie’ and ‘ei’. Generally, ‘i’ comes before ‘e’ except after ‘c’, for instance, believe, friend, deceive, ceiling. Another rule is that for every adjective, having two syllables and ending with ‘y’, such as, ’early’, the comparative and superlative forms will be ‘earlier’ and ‘earliest’, that is, the ‘y’ will be replaced with ‘ier’ and ‘iest’ respectively.
4. Learn commonly misspelled words
There are some words which you use often and which confuse you. Try to memorise such words. Examples of such words can be accommodate, amateur, embarrass, grateful, perseverance, separate, questionnaire and so on.
A good way to learn spellings is to look at the word carefully, say the word out loud to yourself,listening to how it sounds, cover the word and try to remember what it looks like and write the word. But most of all, make a conscious effort to spell correctly.
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