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"Shood Eenglish speleng be funetik?"


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Janis Leslie Evans (janshares) says

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    i scribble 4 years ago

    Hi Jan,

    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.

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    i scribble 3 years ago

    Hilarious, and so true! Thanks for wa-eeng in!

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Marsha Musselman (Marsha Musselman1) says

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    i scribble 3 years ago

    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'.

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    i scribble 4 years ago

    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.

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    i scribble 4 years ago

    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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    i scribble 3 years ago

    So true! They say people don't like change, and old traditions and bureaucracies are even more change resistant.

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    i scribble 3 years ago

    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'.

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    i scribble 4 years ago

    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.