Let’s learn a few things about the Logic of English
Did you know…?
- English words DO NOT end in i, u, v or j
That’s why ‘boy’ is spelt b-oy and not as the sound suggests b-oi
- C softens to an ‘s’ sound after e, i and y, otherwise we say ‘k’
think about it in terms of the word ‘circus’
- a, e, o, u usually say their names at the end of syllables
think paper, pa – per
we use double letters to shorten sounds in syllables, for example, sound out pepper, pep – per, otherwise we would pronounce it ‘peper’ pe – per
- one of the most misspelt words is ‘miscellaneous’
now let’s think about it as we apply the rules above;
mis cel la ne ous
mis (all good) cel (why is it an ‘s’ sound? because of the ‘e’) la (a says its name at the end of a syllable) ne (e also says its name at the end of a syllable) ous (ou is a phonogram, both letters together make this sound). Does that make more sense now?
Want to know more?
Watch this Logic of English video
Do we teach this to our students? Could we? Would it make a difference to our understanding and development of reading and writing and would it improve spelling? Let me know what you think, click below and leave a reply.
Thanks for reading 🙂