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Silly Spelling

A study on poor spelling in the UK.

Do you have problems with English spelling? It’s notoriously difficult. And in many cases there is very little connection between the pronunciation of the word and the way it is written. But you aren’t the only ones who find it difficult.

A recent study has shown that native English speakers can’t spell either. More than two thousand people took part in the study and the findings were very interesting. Forty percent of the respondents could not spell the word “questionnaire”, 38% had trouble spelling “accommodate” and 37% also had problems spelling “definitely”. Other difficult words included “liaison” , “existence” and “occurrence”. Even relatively simple words such as “calendar”, “embarrass” , “library” and “receipt” caused difficulties.

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The latest issue of Hot English (169 – the June issue) is out now! Learn over 300 useful words and expressions and improve your listening skills with Learn Hot English! This month: How Brit Pop can help you learn English – listen to 8 song extracts and really improve your knowledge of English. Plus, 8 useful adjectives, 6 useful verbs for talking about food and drink, 7 ways to make an invitation, 8 useful phrasal verbs, 8 idioms, 8 useful phrases for talking about crime... plus: • Psychology – road rage. • Animals – brave pets. • Crime – famous robbers. • Language – confusing words. • Food – the Hot English burger. • Art – environmental art. • Culture – witches. • Vocabulary – silly spelling. • Business – the music industry. • Film – Angelina Jolie. • Phone – booking an appointment. • Slang – learn some slang with our dictionary of slang. AND LOTS, LOTS MORE! By reading and listening to all this great content, you'll improve your English reading and listening skills and learn up to 300 useful words or expressions. Plus, you'll get a better job and pass English-language exams more easily. Guaranteed!
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