Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton
Published by Masha Bell
I am a retired teacher of English and modern languages, but over the past two decades I have worked on establishing why English spelling makes learning to read and write exceptionally difficult, and how it became highly irregular. I first realised that English spelling is much less learner-friendly than other writing systems, when I began to learn it at the age of 14, after Lithuanian and Russian. My subsequent studies of German, French, Italian and Spanish confirmed it too. My early retirement from teaching in 1995 enabled me to make a close study of English spelling and its history.
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