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Commonly misspelled words
Finn and Catherine talk through some of the complexities of English spelling with some helpful hints and practical examples.
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Finn Hello! Welcome to 6 Minute Vocabulary. I’m Finn.
Catherine And I’m Catherine. In this programme, we’re talking about misspelt words.
Finn Let’s start by listening to Marcus. He’s talking about his last holiday.
Catherine And here’s a question for while you’re listening: What was the weather like on Marcus’s holiday?
Marcus Last year we decided to have a foreign holiday. We travelled by coach to Rome and the scenery in northern Italy was beautiful. Our hotel accommodation was great, and we had some wonderful meals in restaurants . The weather was a bit changeable until the third day but it didn ‘t matter. We got to practise our Italian and it ‘s a lot better now. The whole thing was a great experience .
Finn We asked you: What was the weather like on Marcus’s holiday?
Catherine And the answer is that the weather was a bit changeable and that brings us to our first common spelling mistake. Changeable is spelt c-h-a-n-g-E-a-b-l-e .
Finn Yes, there are quite a lot of words with the letters g-e in them, and the e shows that the g is pronounced softly as /dʒ/, chan ge able.
Catherine Other examples of words with g-e in the middle are manageable, management, knowledgeable and acknowledgement. And they all have the e after the g . But what other words with tricky spellings did we hear? Listen.
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Last year we decided to have a foreign holiday. We travelled by coach to Rome and the scenery in northern Italy was beautiful. Our hotel accommodation was great, and we had some wonderful meals in restaurants .
Finn Now the spelling of foreign is interesting. There’s a spelling rule that says you must put i before e except after c . And that ‘s a really good rule for lots of words.
Catherine Like believe , spelt b-e-l-I-E-v-e and receive spelt r-e-c-E-I-v-e .
Finn Exactly. Or field spelt f-i-e-l-d but ceiling , with a c, c-e-i-l-i-n-g.
Catherine Yes, so foreign breaks the rule, doesn ‘t it? It’s spelt f-o-r-e-i-g-n . And there ‘s no letter c there.
Finn No, that’s an exception.And there are a few others like leisure and weird. They both have e-i - but not after a c. It’s really worth learning these.
Catherine What other tricky spellings were there in that clip? We heard travelled. How many l s are there in travelled?
Finn There are two. In British English, with verbs that end in a vowel before l or r , we double the final consonants when we make them into past or continuous forms.
Finn Finally there were three nouns that can cause spelling problems. What were they, Catherine?
Catherine They were be scenery, accommodation and restaurants .
Finn Scenery starts with an s sound, but it is spelt with s-c . It ‘s easy to forget the c because you don’t hear it. The words science and scissors are the same.
Catherine Now accommodation has a double c and a double m and restaurant has the letters au in the middle. No rule for these I ‘m afraid! They just have to be learnt. Next clip!
INSERT 1 CLIP 2 We got to practise our Italian and it ‘s a lot better now. The whole thing was a great experience.
Finn So how do you spell the verb practise ?
Catherine So the verb practise is p-r-a-c-t-i-S-e . It ends in s-e not c-e. That’s a very common mistake because the noun practice is spelt with i-c-e at the end.
Finn And finally we heard experience. Now is that e-n-c-e or a-n-c-e at the end?
Catherine Experience ends in e-n-c-e . Whereas performance ends in a-n-c-e . And yet again there’s no rule for these spellings. You just have to check them and learn them.
Catherine And it’s quiz time! Number one. My sister’s new baby’s very loveable. But how do you spell loveable ?
Finn It’s l-o-v-e-a-b-l-e. Not forgetting the e in the middle.
Catherine You’re right! Now question two: The word ancient - meaning very old - does not follow the usual rule. Can you spell it?
Finn Ancient is a-n-c-i-e-n-t .
Catherine Exactly, and question three: How many l s are there in quarrelling , meaning arguing?
Finn The answer’s two l s .
Catherine Double l , that’s correct, well done. And well done if you got those right at home. There’s more about this at bbclearningenglish.com. Join us again soon for more 6 Minute Vocabulary.
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