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Shah 1 Nakul Shah Dr. Donald Delo AP English Language 26 January 2010 Spelling Difficulties in Written English Approximately 375 million people worldwide speak English as their first language (Curtis A. 192). Although the United States holds the largest population of native English speakers, the English language has traveled throughout the world, and is spoken in nearly all corners of the globe. English is spoken in numerous countries and in a variety of accents, but the challenge of mastering written English remains a problem worldwide. Whether you are a native to the language or learning English as a second language, mastering the written form of English and translating spoken words to sentences on a page remains a difficult task to master. The roots of the particular difficulty in writing English traces back to the early English speakers, who took the spoken word and translated it onto paper. Difficulty in spelling and the transfer of spoken words to written words is not a major problem in other languages, but is seen rampant in English. According to the 2003 British Journal of psychology, the average English speaking child takes three times longer to learn the basis of reading and writing than users of other alphabetic writing systems (Bell). The spelling of English words remains a barrier to English learners and speakers because the spoken language has evolved as the written language remained the same. Why are the words, comb, tomb, and bomb spelled similarly, but do not rhyme? Why do the words they, say and weigh rhyme? Is it spelled donut, or doughnut? Why does the word knife start with the letter k? The written version of a language often mirrors the spoken version, and words are written to sound how they would be said in conversation. In the English language, many words are spelled far differently from how they are spoken, and many dialects have grown out of the original language. The
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This note was uploaded on 03/24/2011 for the course ARTS AND S 101 taught by Professor Salime during the Spring '11 term at Rutgers.

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