Unit 35 - Why is English spelling so hard?
This unit explores how English spelling has developed over the years
and covers these areas:
- The influence of other languages
- Recent additions to the English language
- Spelling proper nouns
- What about the future of English spelling?
|| Have you ever wondered WHY English spelling is so difficult?
Many other languages manage to spell words as they sound, using the
same letters for each sound. Only English is so frustrating - for
a good example, look at this word:
According to English spelling, it could say fish :
|gh as in rough
|o as in women /i/
|ti as in station /sh/
(Attributed to George Bernard Shaw)
Have a go at working out what these could spell. They are all animals:
calendar tough plait
height gum tortoise
manage men hiccough act
nut his people
here for the answers.
||No wonder English spelling drives people
crazy - don't blame yourself if you find it hard.
So who can you blame?