Embarrassed About Your Spelling?

~ Suffering in silence?
~ Need to improve your spelling to get a promotion or better job?
~ Had a terrible school experience, bad teachers?

You're not alone. How to Spell is here for you.

How to Spell can help you improve your spelling so you can:
Write confidently
Improve your job prospects
Be able to spell that perfect word that sums up how you feel - a word that will get you the job, an interview, your money back, your personality across, etc.

Click here for
Spelling Lessons

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Spelling Shop (books & courses)

Click here for
Spelling Games & Exercises

→You can improve your spelling easily because there are patterns, rules & reasons why some words are spelled the way they are.

→Learning all about why we spell the way we do, noticing spelling patterns, and using spelling strategies will improve your spelling, writing and confidence.

Spelling's fun, quirky, fascinating!

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It’s vital to be able to write and express ourselves to friends and colleagues through emails and social media, and we shouldn’t be excluded from this because of our spelling.

Those who are not good at spelling often feel embarrassed about their lack of skill, and are unhappy about allowing others to see what they have written. They may even be reluctant to write at all. Sue Abell: Helping Adults to Spell

If your spelling is poor you’ll create a bad impression, others will judge you. You'll lose out on jobs, interviews, promotions & customers. Do something now to improve your spelling. Start your journey here.

It's never too late to improve your spelling.

Spelling Rules Course app (Use your phone to learn spelling and really improve it every day with daily misspelled word exercises, short videos on the rules, quick spelling tests and quick revision reads.)
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Some reviews, feedback, testimonials

Great site, Joanne! Have really enjoyed reading it. We obviously think along the same lines when it comes to teaching older students. Regards, Shireen. Shireen Shuster from www.spellzone.com (Spelling Essentials book by Shireen Shuster)

BBC Learning English have named How to Spell.co.uk the number 1 site for spelling "We often get asked questions about spelling and How to Spell.co.uk is a great site and videos... and fantastic games and quizzes..."

I love your lessons and adore your Reasons Why ebook. I run an online pronunciation program for international professionals and I'm always looking for ways to help them enhance their other English skills. Sheri Summers - American speaking expert - Click here to find out more about the American Accent Course

I highly recommend this website. It's a no nonsense resource with clearly explained strategies for adults. I should also add Joanne, who is responsible for the site, takes an active role in encouraging participants. Even after a few days of using the strategies my spelling has measurably improved and I am starting to enjoy writing for the first time in my life. Matthew.

I am so glad I found your site. I have been struggling all my life (I am 57). I just needed some help with my spelling and there you are. Thank you so much. I will get there in the end. Annette

Hi Joanne, I just want you to know how much I appreciate your site. I am a literacy instructor in Ontario, Canada. I have sent many of my adult learners to your site and I know they have benefited quite a lot. Your videos are highly informative and help to combat the stigma attached to poor spelling. Most poor spellers I have worked with were never taught effective strategies for spelling when they were in school. They often feel they are just slow or stupid, which is rarely the case. It's exciting for them when they start learning difficult words, and their success encourages them to work even harder. Keep up the great work! Pamela Friedrich, Training and Learning Centre of Renfrew County

Hi Joanne...Just wanted to say thank you for your blog. I stumbled across it the other day while searching for spelling resources for my adult learners, and I have found it so useful. Will definitely be rooting through your archives to incorporate your methods and tricks into my lessons. I love the videos too. They make explanations so much easier. Thank you! Suzanne

Thank you so much for your help, I am 26 and born in this country and my spelling is really bad it holds me back from a lot of things because it can be embarrassing. So I started teaching myself... Thanks again, S

I'm starting to enjoy writing and spelling thanks to you, it means the world to me, to be able to do this. It's not just for me but to set an example for my little girl, I didn't have the opportunity when I was growing up so thanks one million. I still have a fair way to go but this is a start. N.B.

More of your feedback at the bottom of the page. Or click here for your Spelling Stories

Please check out the How to Spell Shop - all proceeds help this site, and enable me to send out free email spelling lessons - thank you x

or check out the best-selling products below

Or checkout my books on Amazon Joanne's Amazon page

Spelling Rules Workbook
a step-by-step guide to the rules of English spelling
(suitable for British and American users)

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200 pages of spelling rules and exercises.

Learn all about rules such as drop the 'e', magic 'e' silent 'e', 1:1:1 doubling up rule, al, el, le rule, adding ly, y to i rules, ck, k, ke rules, silent letter rules, prefix rules and much much more.

Learning spelling rules is important because
1. they add to your spelling knowledge,
2. they explain why we have 'strange' letter patterns,
3. and they help you understand why spelling is the way it is.

Available from amazon.co.uk and amazon.com

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Spelling Strategies & Secrets: The essential how to spell guide

spelling strategies & secrets book

Available from amazon.co.uk and amazon.com


Hi Joanne,
I am a senior lecturer in the Law School at Stoke on Trent and I am the proud new owner of your book. I have made it recommended reading for my level three law students. The level three access year provides students an extra year with their law degree. Many of these students have struggled with A levels and need a lot of support. I also have mature students on the award who are starting their second career. I think your site, book and tips are very effective.
All the Best
L.P Martin, Senior Lecturer Law, Staffordshire University

spelling rules and patterns for ages 10-11 KS2                      spelling patterns and rules for 5th grade
For British English.                                   For American English.
Available from amazon.co.uk           Available amazon.com

How to Spell the 20 Most Commonly Misspelled Words
Workbook & Journal
(suitable for British and American users)

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unnecessary, embarrassed, separately, definitely, argument, irrelevant, responsibilities, achievement, reference, particularly, occasional, committed, colleagues, liaison...
These words are the most misspelled words made by native speakers according to the Oxford Dictionary, Oxford University Press, and Viviane Cook. And the worse thing is they're often misspelled on job application forms.

Do you misspell these words?

How to Spell the 20 Most Commonly Misspelled Words Workbook & Journal is for adults who can spell OK, but need to work on these words to spell them confidently (and correctly, unlike a lot of people!)

It’s suitable for both British and American English users.

Don't be the one who misspells these words! Learn to spell them in 30 days.


Want to know a secret about spelling?

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Want to remember spellings easily? Want to know tricks that can help you spell? Yes!

Then the How to Spell Spelling Strategies Video is for you

You can learn these in just 30 minutes in my online Spelling Strategies video and you'll never struggle to remember an important spelling again!

Only £2

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Improve your spelling by knowing the reasons why spelling is so weird and wonderful.

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Two great ways to improve your spelling are knowing where words come from and taking an interest in words. That means

  • knowing the reasons why English spelling is so 'weird' 
  • understanding the history of why spelling is the way it is
  • understanding why we have so many words with the same or similar meanings

spelling books 

Get instant online access to my ebook now for only £5.97

Your book ‘The Reasons Why..." is a real classic – it has taught me a lot – it should be in curriculums everywhere. Adam "


Click here for books I recommend on spelling, the history of English, dictionaries etc.



I often receive emails from people from all over the world thanking me for the spelling lessons, podcasts and videos. Here are a few comments:

I am a SfL teacher teaching in Adult Ed (publicly funded) and would like to use your videos in my work. Is that ok, are there copyright restrictions on your materials? Obviously the source and your rights as the author will always be acknowledged. They are terrific materials and you’ve clearly put in a lot of work, the videos are very well put together, well done and thanks for your help. Ruth S

hi alamsindhi is here, i hope you are fine. i really enjoyed this lesson and found it helpful a lot. thanks. (apostrophes from my email lessons)

Just wanted to say another thank you for taking the time to send me these wonderful emails. They are a great help! I'm starting my new teaching assistant job next week and I am a bit nervous because of my spelling but your emails are giving me more confidence. Thanks again Suna

I would like to thank you for your amazing efforts. I think Joanne's website How to spell is the best way to learn the art of spelling. After leaving school in year 8 I have always struggled with spelling, even the most simple words. I'm now 39 years old and I recently sat an exam for year twelve and passed with a mark of 95% for my spelling. I hope she always has these resources available so others can benefit from her knowledge. B

Hi Joanne I am so very thankful for your spelling videos, it helps my study. I receive your emails and its more fun. I like it. Phoebe

Thank you very much for sending me these materials about spellings. I'm very pleasesd & try to learn more & more & I'm thankful to you for it. Fereh

Wow, you're really great. :) I'm so glad to improve spelling and pronunciation with you. Thanks a lot. Carry on with this amazing job! Mel (my reply)

Hi Mel Thank you for your nice email. So glad you're finding the lessons useful. Joanne

Useful? are you kidding? They are more than that. :) I enjoy each lesson from you, you're really a great teacher. :) I'm planning to go to Hungary for study. Brazil has a nice program called Science Without Borders and I just applied for the scholarship. Your lessons have been helping me very much. Cheers, Mel.

Dear Joanne , I am very thankful for your sessions . Its been very helpful while teaching my kid. Thank you.

Thanks for this. I'm the training and projects bod for foundation programmes at the aviation college in Qatar and I do circulate your materials to our staff. I know they've found much of it useful and have built ideas into our programmes, so thank you for your efforts - keep it going. Chris

It has been a pleasure to receive your emails and it has truly made a difference. Thank you for taking the time to create these lessons and I would enjoy it very much if you could continue sending emails. Pauline

First of all you know I love you and what you are doing. Not everyone would have the patience to help those that aren’t all that bright, especially in spelling. I believe even for those that can spell, spelling at times, even for them, raises its ugly head and aggravates them also. Your Program has only not only strengthened my resolve as to learning to spell better, but also in other areas of my life. I now believe that, in time, I will catch on, but I will also be able to handle, “my prideful self”, better when a word has me stumped in public. Keep up the good work. H.K.

Thank you, I only wished I had seen your site a few years ago it would have made such a difference. Never mind I am here now. I used to watch people write and wished I could spell and write like that without looking the word up. Well now I can, not as quick as they can but I will get there with your help and your site . Kind Regards A. W.

Thank You for sending the information about the spelling system. I'm working as a lecturer-in-English in Libya. I am very grateful to your help. Your videos are very very informative. I really appreciate your concern about helping others. Thanks once again. Dr R.

I have just read all your wonderful testimonials (after doing my lesson today) they nearly brought me to tears. What an amazing person you are helping all of us unfortunate people most of us suffering in silence with our spelling, sharing your passion of spelling with us all is like having a private tutor who we can hear but not see. You deserve a medal. Thank you for your emails. Christine

Hi Joanne, I have been meaning to get in touch with you. I just wanted to let you know that I find your site fantastic and really useful for my essential skills literacy classes. Thank you, and keep up the good work!
Many thanks
Sharon Ferrin

Thank you Joanne - I help my dyslexic grandson with his spelling and grammar and I find your emails really useful.
Although I struggle to engage his interest you make the topic more approachable. Please continue with the emails
I have them all on file and we do use them. Many thanks Jackie

It’s amazing getting all these great tips sent to me.
I just wish I was helped at school I just love learning. That’s the trouble when you can’t do something you hide but not anymore.
For the last ten years I tell everyone that I can’t spell and it’s amazing how many people say that they're not very good too.
Keep up the great work I am starting to feel 10ft tall.
Kind regards

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