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Painless spelling
Mary Elizabeth (Mary Elizabeth Podhaizer)
Publication Information:
Hauppauge, N.Y. : Barron's, [1998]

Physical Description:
xv, 255 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Provides guidelines for spelling American English words; explains visual and sound patterns, letter combinations, syllables, compound words, and hyphenation; and includes practical exercises.
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Includes index.
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LB1574 .P63 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Speaking correctly in English is tougher than it is in most other languages--mainly because so many spelling rules have exceptions. Even so, mastering correct spelling is a fundamental part of education--and here's a book that makes correct spelling painless. Although designed mainly for middle-school students, Painless Spelling can benefit just about anybody who needs to improve spelling skills. Twenty-six easy-to-read chapters begin with a history of English, then go on to analyze sound patterns, diphthongs, homophones, plural endings, compound words, prefixes and suffixes added to base words, and much more. Grasp these ideas about words, and chances are that you'll understand how to spell the words as well. Students are shown how to recognize differences among word endings, for instance, between ion/ian , able/ible or ance/ence. When they reach the final chapter, their spelling skills will be improved many times over--and they'll discover that they had fun getting there!

Table of Contents

Introduction: The History of Englishp. vii
Part 1 Introduction to Letter Patternsp. 1
Chapter 1 Letter Patternsp. 3
Spelling in Englishp. 5
Letter Patternsp. 23
Chapter 2 "Let's Start at the Very Beginning"p. 35
Three-Letter Words: A Very Good Place to Startp. 37
Consonant Letter Blends and Digraphsp. 42
Chapter 3 Vowel Soundsp. 55
Short Vowel Soundsp. 57
Long Vowel Soundsp. 67
Chapter 4 Odds and Endsp. 81
Miscellaneous Vowel Soundsp. 83
"Silent" Lettersp. 88
Homographs and Homophonesp. 94
Part 2 Syllable Juncturesp. 109
Chapter 5 Affixesp. 111
Syllable Juncturesp. 113
Pluralsp. 122
Simple Prefixesp. 135
Simple Suffixesp. 140
Chapter 6 Compound Wordsp. 161
Compound Interestp. 163
Part 3 Derivational Consistencyp. 173
Chapter 7 Alternationsp. 175
Changes in Soundp. 177
Chapter 8 Homophonous Endingsp. 189
Same Sound, Different Lookp. 191
Chapter 9 Greek and Latin Base Wordsp. 213
Family Resemblancep. 215
Chapter 10 Predictable Spelling Changes: Changes in Sightp. 235
Now You See It, Now You Don'tp. 237
Assimilation Investigation--Meet the Chameleonsp. 241
Indexp. 253