Words with double letters

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Words with double letters

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Spelling in English can be hard, and one of the trickiest areas is double letters. Is the place where you stay acommodation, accomodation or accommodation ? Thats what were looking at in this programme, and we have good news - there are some special techniques to help you remember how to spell all those difficult words!

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Catherine Hello! And welcome to 6 Minute Vocabulary with me, Catherine…

Finn …and me Finn. In this programme, we’re looking at spelling.

Catherine And the area of spelling we’re looking at today is words with double letters.

Finn Let’s start by listening to David. He’s a student welfare officer at a university. He’s welcoming a new student to the campus.

Catherine And while you listen to David, here’s a question for you.

Finn What word means: the rooms, flats and houses that people live in? Here’s David.

INSERT David Congratulations on getting a place at our university. It’s a brilliant opportunity and I’m sure that you will be happy and successful here. I’m here to help you find accommodation . We ‘ve got rooms, flats and houses all over the city, but I recommend that you apply as soon as possible so you ‘re not disappointed . Here ‘s a list of addresses .


Catherine David there. And we asked: what’s the word for rooms, flats and houses that people live in?

Finn And the answer is: accommodation .

Catherine It is and accommodation is one of our words with double letters. So, Finn do you spell accommodation?

Finn a-double c-o-double m-o-d-a-t-i-o-n .

Catherine Well done, Finn. Now listen to this clip. Which 6 words have double letters?

Congratulations on getting a place at our University. It’s a brilliant opportunity and I’m sure that you will be happy and successful here!

Finn So we had getting - with double t , brilliant with double l, opportunity with double p , will with double l , and also happy with double p and successful - with double c and double s .

Catherine Correct! Let’s take a look at some spelling rules. The first rule is about verbs. If the final three letters of a verb are consonant, vowel, consonant, we double the final consonant before we add i-n-g or e-d . So get, spelt g-e-t becomes getting with double t, and begin ends in g-i-n so it becomes beginning with double n . Now o ur next rule is to do with short vowel sounds. Finn can you demonstrate some short vowel sounds please?

Finn a, o, i, e, a, u…

Catherine Fantastic. That’s enough, thank you. And now some long vowel sounds?

Finn u, e, a, ei…

Catherine Ok, so, when there is a short vowel sound before a consonant, like a in happy, we often double the consonant after it. The short a in happy gives us a double p . The short o in opportunity gives us another double p, the short i in brilliant gives us double l.

Finn And this can happen more than once in the same word. So in the word successful , we get u double c and e double s , and in accommodation we get a double c and o double m. Easy!

Catherine Exactly. And lots of short words like summer, coffee and apple and will follow this general rule.

Finn So let’s listen to another clip and put this general rule to the test. Listen carefully…

INSERT 1 CLIP 2 But I recommend that you apply as soon as possible so you ‘re not disappointed . Here ‘s a list of addresses …

Catherine So: following the rule, we’ve got recommend with o double m , possible with o double s and disappointed with a double p .

6 Minute Vocabulary from BBC Learning English

Catherine And we’re talking about words with double letters.

Finn Right, quiz time! Number one: Is there a double n in the verb happening ?

Catherine No, there isn’t.

Finn Well done! Number two: Are there any double letters in the word immediately ?

Yes, there’s a double m .

Finn Very good! Number three: Which of these words have a double c ? occasion, accident, succeed ?

Catherine And the answer is - they all do! They all have a short vowel sound followed by a double c . That’s a Finn trick question.

Finn It was indeed. And that’s the end of the quiz. You’re brilliant with double l if you got all of those questions right!

Catherine And now here’s a top tip for vocabulary learning. If you’re struggling to learn the spelling of a word, get a keyboard and type it a hundred times. Your fingers might learn the spelling more quickly than your brain! What do you think Finn - would that work for you?

Finn My fingers are much quicker than my brain, Catherine! It’s a good idea, a very good tip. There’s more about this at bbclearningenglish.com. Join us again soon for more 6 Minute Vocabulary.

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