How to Improve Your Spelling
I go over some tips (about 9!) on improving your spelling in English. It’s not easy, but there are some things you can try to see improvements over time.
I first want to reassure you that many native speakers have issues with spelling too! There are just not many rules to follow so it’s very hard to get them right all the time. Auto-correction makes us even lazier because it doesn’t matter if we spell things wrong anymore.
Let’s go over some tips to improve now.
- Turn off auto-correction – learn from mistakes and improve gradually
- Make mnemonics for specific words – “because” = Big Elephants Can’t Always Use Small Exits
- Use rhythm – Just like how we remember the alphabet, say the word as a song or rhythm to help remember
- Say the word in your head how it looks – When writing “island”, the voice in my head says “ISS LAND”
- Break it down into chunks – em + bar + ras + sed
- Use muscle memory – your fingers often know the spelling before your brain does
- Learn some rules – but keep in mind there are usually many exceptions
- Look at the origins of the words – when you know “phone” and “phobia” come from Greek, you’ll learn to pronounce similar words with a PH as F
- Watch things with subtitles – like the Transcripts at Level Up English!
- Read – and look up words when you don’t know them