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    How should I practice spelling?

    Hello,

    I have a problem. My spelling is deteriorating. I even mess up when I use inflectional suffixes. I'm thinking of taking a list of 1000 most commonly used verbs in English in order of appearance, and practicing with them in that order.

    I spend much more time using English in speech than than I spend writing. This forum was meant to be one of my ways of practicing writing, but I don't think it's enough. I've tried writing books.

    What do you advise, other than pacticing a lot?
    Last edited by Glizdka; 13-Feb-2020 at 11:34. Reason: Oops!

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    Re: How should I practice spelling?

    I assume you have an English spell-checker installed on your computer. If not, install one. Also, try to take note of the mistakes you make and see if a pattern emerges. Additionally, try to find out if spelling rules from your native language are interfering.

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    Re: How should I practice spelling?

    It's very simple: Identify the words you misspell and learn how to spell them correctly.

    I find it hard to believe that your spelling is deteriorating, by the way. I'm sure it isn't, even if it seems it is.

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    Re: How should I practice spelling?

    Quote Originally Posted by teechar View Post
    I assume you have an English spell-checker installed on your computer. If not, install one. Also, try to take note of the mistakes you make and see if a pattern emerges. Additionally, try to find out if spelling rules from your native language are interfering.
    I use Grammarly. Polish and English spelling rules are so different even in principle that I don't think there's any interference.

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    It's very simple: Identify the words you misspell and learn how to spell them correctly.
    So, a second list, filled with mistakes, possibly with appearance counters so I can gather data and see which I make most often?

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    I find it hard to believe that your spelling is deteriorating, by the way. I'm sure it isn't, even if it seems it is.
    The other possibility is that I'm becoming better at noticing my mistakes, and under the impression there's been more of them lately only because I started registering more of them.
    Last edited by Glizdka; 13-Feb-2020 at 18:54.

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    Re: How should I practice spelling?

    Quote Originally Posted by Glizdka View Post
    So, a second list, filled with mistakes, possibly with appearance counters so I can gather data and see which I make most often?
    Yes, if you can do that, it should work.

    The other possibility is that I'm becoming better at noticing my mistakes, and under the impression there's been more of them lately only because I started registering more of them.
    Yes, I think that's far more likely.

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    Re: How should I practice spelling?

    As your English improves, I bet you are using more complicated words that are naturally more difficult to spell.

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    Re: How should I practice spelling?

    How old are you? I must confess that there are words I am less certain about as I get older.

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    Re: How should I practice spelling?

    Quote Originally Posted by J&K Tutoring View Post
    As your English improves, I bet you are using more complicated words that are naturally more difficult to spell.
    Not necessarily. I read a lot of scientific papers, and I have no problem with "more complicated words". It's simple, casual words that I have most trouble with, usually those with old, relic spelling rules that don't seem to have any correlation with their pronunciation.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    How old are you? I must confess that there are words I am less certain about as I get older.
    I'm thirty. I hope it doesn't have anything to do with my age.

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    Re: How should I practice spelling?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I must confess that there are words I am less certain about as I get older.
    I acknowlege that and allmost conceed that poore speling is unacceptible, but you definitly won't get the sac.

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    #10

    Re: How should I practice spelling?

    What do you call using intentional spelling/grammar mistakes for the sake of fun? For example, lolcat.

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