The English language is confusing, packed with inconsistencies and exceptions that anyone who’s learning the language for the first time will be quick to point out. There are so many ways to write out a single sound that theoretically, you could pronounce the word “ghoti” as “fish” (if you pronounce the gh as in tough, the o as in women and the ti as in nation). If you’re struggling to get a grasp on those silent vowels, confusing consonants, and crazy pronunciations, here’s how you can improve.
Memorize the basic rules of spelling. There are some classic rhymes and rules to help children get the hang of spelling, but they do have exceptions, so use them in conjunction with the rest of the steps in this article. If you have no idea how to spell a word, they can certainly help you.