English spelling is so tricky that it even frustrates accomplished writers. As author, Laura Ingalls Wilder, once eloquently expressed, "The only stupid thing about words is the spelling of them." E-Z Spelling, part of Barron’s E-Z series, is here to help. The book begins with a look at the why spelling is so difficult, the limitations and pitfalls of spellcheckers, how to use spellcheckers to better advantage, and learning techniques for spelling improvement. From there, E-Z Spelling explains rules and their exceptions and offers techniques for learning and remembering them, provides study lists of commonly misspelled and commonly confused words, and includes extensive opportunities for practice.

Publisher: Barron’s Educational Series, 2011

About the E-Z Series (reprinted from Barron’s E-Z Book Descriptions):

Barron’s E-Z books are self-help manuals focused to improve students’ grades in a wide variety of academic and practical subjects. For most subjects, the level of difficulty ranges between high school and college-101 standards. Although primarily designed as self-teaching manuals, these books are also preferred by many teachers as classroom supplements—and for some courses, as main textbooks. E-Z books review their subjects in detail, and feature both short quizzes and longer tests with answers to help students gauge their learning progress. Subject heads and key phrases are set in a second color as an easy reference aid.


From the Book:

How do we know which spelling is write when we right? Pardon my misspellings. What I meant to write was that it can be difficult to know which spelling is right when we write! And how do we know when to use one s or two, when to use an f or a ph, and when to slip in a silent letter or two? Their they’re you might say—no, sorry, there there. You might tell me to calm down, which would only confuse me more because I’ll want to know why calm has an l in it if isn’t pronounced. I have my doubts about this language; I would rather write douts! So much ink and angst are wasted on letters that aren’t even mean to be heard!

English presents numerous spelling challenges, and nearly everyone—those whose first language is not English and native speakers, alike—has some level of difficulty with spelling. In many languages, words are more often spelled as they are pronounced. In English, certain vowels and consonant sets have one sound in some words and a completely different sound in others. Even strong letters, such as b and k are sometimes silent. Simply put: English spelling is confusing.

©2011 E-Z Spelling, Barron’s Educational Series


Also from the Book:

An E-Z Spelling Poem - With Awl my Heart

I wrote a little E-Z Spelling poem to explain the problem with spellcheck programs. The poem, of course, passed spellcheck. :) “With Awl My Hart” is dedicated to my deer, suite husband, Jeff Novick.

With Awl My Hart                          

I hope you no
I love ewe sew
With awl my hart
And all my sole
Write from the start
You maid me hole

©2011 Linda Eve Diamond, Barron’s E-Z Spelling


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