#EngKnowledge: Spell It Out! by David Crystal

 One thing for sure this Saturday… there will be an #EngKnowledge… on…. this question…

“Why on earth is — spelled like that?”

Name one time you did not ask that question in your life? Or at least “How do you spell it?”

Adding to what admin Patty has discussed previously ->http://ow.ly/EiPBw, English spelling has been always questioned

Taken from David Crystal’s book “Spell it Out”, it is stated that the background of someone learning English spelling constitutes of “twofold”:

1. “Children learning to read and write English as a mother-tongue”

2. “The vast number of children and adults who are learning English as a foreign language” 

According to Crystal, the complaint of English spelling is a result of the language’s centuries of evolution

No wonder it is difficult :/ 

“Can anything be done to facilitate the task of learning to spell English words?” Crystal believes yes, although..

..”a new pedagogy (way of teaching) will take a while to implement”

To be honest, it is not all doom and gloom if you cannot spell an English word

Crystal stated:

“Society expects us to spell perfectly. And yet we are all aware that there are some words in the language that we don’t know how to spell, and have to look them up before we write them. There are no exceptions.”

Crystal continued, “Nobody knows how to spell every word in the language. Even the brilliant spellers who win prizes in spelling bees get some words wrong.”

Crystal creates this book to break down the spelling problem. He does it by EXPLAINING it.

Crystal stated that “some people think spelling reform is the best way forward” yet to him, the first step is to understand it

To Crystal, understanding the present English spelling system would not be the whole solution, “but it’s half the battle”

So, fellas, do not worry if you didn’t get an English word spelling right by the first attempt :)

More on David Crystal’s Spell It Out can be Googled, or stay tuned with us as next week, more bits of it will be discussed :)

Compiled and written by @daedonghae at @EnglishTips4u on November 15, 2014

Source: “Spell It Out” Introduction by David Crystal, 2013

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