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    How can the beginner spell the words correctly?

    Hello all,
    When I hear the native English teacher said that, if people pronoun a word "Apple",
    he/she can spell the word "ap" "ple" together with a word "apple".

    How can you do that?
    Or
    How can I improve the spelling?

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    Re: How can the beginner spell the words correctly?

    The spelling of English words is problematic for everyone, even native speakers. You just have to learn them, one by one.

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    Re: How can the beginner spell the words correctly?

    Quote Originally Posted by Polyester View Post
    he/she can spell the word "ap" "ple" together with a word "apple".
    Unfortunately, what your teacher has said is potentially confusing. There is only one /p/ sound in apple. You can't say 'ap' and then 'ple' to get 'apple' even if it was obvious how you should pronounce 'ple'. You can say ap(ə)l.

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    Re: How can the beginner spell the words correctly?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Unfortunately, what your teacher has said is potentially confusing. There is only one /p/ sound in apple. You can't say 'ap' and then 'ple' to get 'apple' even if it was obvious how you should pronounce 'ple'. You can say ap(ə)l.
    What's that? (ə)l?????

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    Re: How can the beginner spell the words correctly?

    Quote Originally Posted by Polyester View Post
    What's that? (ə)l?????
    It's a schwa plus an 'l'. It's part of the phonetic alphabet IPA which is used by most dictionaries. It usually appears directly after the word.
    Also (ˈŠpəl)
    http://www.thefreedictionary.com/apple

    Here's some alternative spelling of schwa in 'apple'.
    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/apple

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    Re: How can the beginner spell the words correctly?

    Quote Originally Posted by Polyester View Post
    What's that? (ə)l?????
    ə is a way of writing the sound uh.

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    Re: How can the beginner spell the words correctly?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    ə is a way of writing the sound uh.
    Yes, that's the method used in the second of my links. I've never really understood how 'uh' says /ə/ but it's one of the conventions.


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    Re: How can the beginner spell the words correctly?

    I know it's not perfect, but we need some conventions.

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    #9

    Re: How can the beginner spell the words correctly?

    Quote Originally Posted by Polyester View Post
    How can I improve the spelling?


    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Hello, Polyester:


    If you want to improve your spelling, it is absolutely necessary to read, read, read.

    When you read widely, your eyes become accustomed to how words are spelled.

    Even native speakers, however, must often consult a good dictionary.


    James

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