Collecting homonyms (or homophones) is an excellent way to enlarge your vocabulary. Homonyms or homonymous words are words which, whether spelt alike or differently, sound the same but have different meanings; for example, a bow of a ribbon and an archer's bow; the bough of a tree and the bow of a ship. If you know the meaning of a given word, then collect homonyms for it, if you can. By associating the new homonymous words with a word your already know, you are more likely to remember the new word. And collecting and studying homonyms also improves your spelling (and is rather fun). In this article, the first in a series on homonyms, we collect homonyms for words that start with A and B.

Tuesday, 27 September 2011 03:39

Common English Errors: Advice and Advise

Advice and advise are two words that often trip people up. They sound very similar, look very similar, and have very similar meanings! Here's the quick guide to how to choose which word, and a handy hint to help you remember.

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Thursday, 01 September 2011 05:47

Improve Your Spelling: Non-words

One of the things that makes English so well-suited to puzzles and word games is its incredibly wide range of letter patterns seen in words, multiple meanings, and seemingly endless variety. English has thousands upon thousands of words, many of which have been "borrowed" from hundreds and hundreds of different languages. However, you may be surprised to find that there are certain letter patterns that do not appear in English; in fact, there are thousands of these letter patterns. Learn these letter patterns to improve your spelling and even improve your Scrabble scores!

Published in Spelling Tutorials
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 07:01

Improve Your Spelling: Commonly Misspelt Words

Here's a handy list of more than 120 of the most commonly misspelt words in English. Some of the words appear on our list of hard spelling words. Most of the following words are used frequently and are either confused with other words or have tricky spelling quirks, such as double letters where you're not expecting them.

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Wednesday, 15 June 2011 01:03

Improve Your Spelling: Spelling Bee

Here is a spelling bee to test your spelling!

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Cryptograms are excellent puzzles to solve. Solving cryptograms can also help you to improve your spelling and improve your vocabulary. You are presented with a seemingly random collection of letters, and your job is to crack the cipher and discover the message! But this is easier said than done ... where do you start? Read on to find out!

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In Part 1 of the Hardest Words Word Lists, we presented you with a top 200 of hard words to spell. But you knew there were more than a mere 200 tough words, didn't you? Here are some more to learn how to spell!

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Monday, 09 May 2011 23:03

Common English Errors: Of and Have

Could of? Must have? Would have? Should of? Could have? Would of? Should have? Must of? Which is right?! Read on to discover the shocking truth about these words!

Published in Writing
Saturday, 07 May 2011 10:33

Improve Your Spelling With Mnemonics

Improve your spelling with mnemonics. A mnemonic is a technique for improving your memory. The best mnemonic is the mnemonic you invent yourself. Here are some mnemonics I have used to help me remember how to spell some commonly misspelt words.

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English is a very irregular language, as we all know! Whether learning it from infancy, or as an adult, there are many challenges and areas that can trip you up. Irregular verbs are one such area.

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