|Do I really need to bother with correct spelling when there's a computer spell-checker to help me? Surely it will do all the work for me?|
Don't you believe it!
There are thousands of words which will fool the computer.
Look at these examples:
1. In English there are many words which sound exactly the same but have
different spellings for different meanings for example:
|I don't eat meat||Pleased to meet you.|
These words are called homophones from the Greek words;
homo: the same and phonos: sound.
Some more examples:
2. Some words sound nearly the same. For example:
|I accept your apology.||I'll eat anything except bananas.|
3. The wrong spelling may make another real word. For example:
|Do you know what time the film starts?||No, sorry, I don't now.|
||In all three examples above, a spell-checker would not help. If you use the wrong spelling, the computer would not spot your mistake.|
4. Even with words which are not homophones, you must be able to get the word nearly right - or the spell-checker cannot help. For example,
|A student was trying to spell the word anxious.|
|(Click on the ear to hear the word)|
|angshus||the spell-checker suggested anguish|
|ancshus||the spell-checker had no suggestions|
|The Spellzone course teaches common word endings such as -cious, -tious and then follows this up by teaching any 'Rule-breakers'.|
|Click here to go to a page with a Rule Breakers section.|
|5. Most of us need to write in longhand sometimes and a computer
spell-checker is no use then. For example:
A last word on spell checkers:
The computer would not spot any of the mistakes in this poem. How many can you spot?
AN OWED TO THE SPELL CHEQUER
(CANDIDATE FOR A PULLET SURPRISE)
Reproduced by kind permission of The Journal of Irreproducible
Eye ran this poem threw it,
...............................and there are 7 more verses like this.
There are 25 mistakes in the title and the first two verses of this poem - but as they are all real words, the computer spell-checker would not spot them. The author says his complete poem has 225 words, 127 of which are wrong but would not be picked out by a spell checker.
The Spellzone course pays special attention to words the computer spell-checker would not spot:
After the full Spellzone course, you may well be better at spelling than the computer!
There are six free spelling units which are free to all users:
Entry to the rest of the spelling course is by subscription, at a very low cost
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