Re: Meaning of "spell-it-like-it sound system"
"Spell it like it sounds" is a description of phonetic spelling. English would be a much easier language to learn if it worked like that. Spanish works like that so when you hear a word, you can pretty much guess exactly how to spell it and you will probably be right.
Originally Posted by fullupkorea
Some words in English work like that - "hat" for example. It would be quite difficult to spell that incorrectly. However, the word "borough" is pronounced "burra" - if you heard the word and had no idea how to spell it, you would probably get it wrong. If English used the "spell it like it sounds" method, it would be spelt "burra". We have so many homonyms, the method wouldn't work. Only the spelling and the context can tell you the difference between "through" and "threw", or "bow" and "bough".
Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.