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Spelling: Is it really that important?

Wendy . Blog Published 13 July 2009

Ever since you were children your teachers have been telling you how important spelling is.

"SPELLING", "WATCH YOUR SPELLING". If your spelling was terrible, your English teacher may have called it "Creative Spelling." You learned to read and write and you learned to spell. In Spanish, for the most part, it was pretty easy.

You started with "Mi Mamá me mima mucho". You learned to spell your name: M-A-R-I-A or D-A-N-I-E-L . Maybe your name is J-O-A-Q-U-I-N or E-S-T-E-F-A-N-I-A so you had to concentrate more. Reading was easy too. Spelling wasn't too bad. Then you moved on to the grammar with "amo-amas-ama-amamos-amáis-aman" pretty quickly thereafter. That wasn't difficult except for the accents. "You forgot an accent. You have to repeat the exam! " "Ay !!!!!!!!! "Hubiéramos" has a silent "H" AND an accent! It's "esdrújula". You failed the exam! You also had to think about the"r"and the double r "rr", the "n" and the" ñ", the "y" and the double l, "ll", the " b" and the "v". Maybe Spanish wasn't so easy after all.

Now let's look at English. In the '50s students learned to read and spell by sight or by sounding out the words. "The" and "a" came right in with important vocabulary like "dog" and "cat" and verbs like "run". "See Spot (the dog) run! Run Spot Run" was one of the first . Then there were words with inverted letters like "saw" and "was". After straightening out a few of those, students were threatened by such goodies as "thru---through--thorough and thought and taught and bought. You really "ought" to work on your spelling.

Advice: Learn to spell correctly! Stop using text-messaging abbreviations in emails. Use a dictionary or ask a friend if you want to sound half-way intelligent. All the English teachers and Spanish teachers in the world are WATCHING YOU!

HOWEVER there has been a lot of research lately on spelling. I just received this one and would like you to try it. Were all those teachers right or not?


Only great minds can read this

This is weird, but interesting!

fi yuo cna

raed tihs, yuo hvae a sgtrane mnid too

Cna yuo raed tihs? Olny 55 plepoe

out of 100 can.

i cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty

uesdnatnrd waht

I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of

the hmuan mnid. Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch

at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy,

it dseno't mtaetr in waht oerdr the

ltteres in a wrod are, the olny iproamtnt

tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the

rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and

you can sitll raed it whotuit a pboerlm.

Tihs is bcauseae the huamn mnid deos not

raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a

wlohe. Azanmig huh? Yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot

slpeling was ipmorantt!

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Comments (10)
EMiLiO (not verified)
5 February 2016 12:29 pm Reply

I must have a great mind because I was able to read the text hehe

Anónimo (not verified)
5 February 2016 12:29 pm Reply

Emilio et al, In English we don't write "he he" nor "je je" when we want to suggest that our comments are funny. We write "ha ha". And now on emails people are using "lol" which means "laugh out loud". Wendy

Me, Myself and I... (not verified)
5 February 2016 12:29 pm Reply

I read it! Even though it´s not my mother tongue... I support your proposal: stop using abbreviations everywhere. I enjoyed this post a lot Wendy ;)

EMiLiO (not verified)
5 February 2016 12:29 pm Reply

Got it... HA HA!!

Anónimo (not verified)
5 February 2016 12:29 pm Reply

I love this exercise!!! Thank you for making use being great minds!! Do you want to have a look to a brand new blog? my first blog... tell me if you like it! http://comunidad.uem.es/danza/posts Actually, I should translate it in english...

Cristina (not verified)
5 February 2016 12:29 pm Reply

Well, I msut hvae a geart mnid bcesaue i raed it in lkie fuor scdeons!

Anónimo (not verified)
5 February 2016 12:29 pm Reply

Girte tetx adn I culdo raed et...os I gte spelin ins´t vry ipmprontant.

david (not verified)
5 February 2016 12:29 pm Reply

your blog allways teach us interesting things ;) thanks Wendy! ROFLOL!

Ilene (not verified)
5 February 2016 12:29 pm Reply

Hi, Here's a small piece of advice. Not only should students use correct spelling when they write an essay or comment or email but they also should get in the habit of using capital letters and punctuation when necessary every time they write. Otherwise, they will sometimes make these same errors in what they consider their good writing. Best wishes. Ilene

EMiLiO (not verified)
5 February 2016 12:29 pm Reply

You're right Ilene, that happens to me that sometimes when I write on msn or I type sms's I don't use capital letters and I ommit punctuation... then later when I'm writing something that is formal I have to catch myself and do it right

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