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Marsha Musselman says
You have an interesting suggestion about teaching young children to spell phonetically first. I have been tempted to try that approach, but probably never would because I would expect to be attacked from all sides for 'going off the grid'.
Janis Leslie Evans says
Thanks for weighing in. The answer may seem obvious to a good speller (like you or me), but some children have to work so hard to memorize the spelling of every word. It's a hallmark of dyslexia.
Christin Sander says
Hilarious, and so true! Thanks for wa-eeng in!
Jordan Hake says
So true! They say people don't like change, and old traditions and bureaucracies are even more change resistant.
Great point about the history of written language and the need for commonality in spoken and written word. I've heard that some other languages are more phonetic than English, such as Spanish and French. Don't know what makes a language 'best'.
Cianeko Abueva says
Interesting perspective. I see you are from the Philippines. Does your native language have a phonetic alphabet? Do you study English or various languages?
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Merlin Fraser says
I think you're saying we need standardized spelling, and I agree. I just wish it could be more phonetic, one letter for each sound, etc. I'm sure you've noticed some spellings are different in Britain and U.S., like standardise(ze) and colour/color.
You make a good point about different dialects and pronunciations in different areas. Standard spelling is another big issue. Getting bureaucrats to agree on any changes is a steep uphill battle, e.g., changing from standard to metric measurement.