spelling games for adults

Improve your spelling now!
Click on one of the spelling exercises/games below or choose a Module to work on. From beginner to advanced - you choose.

Or click here for Module 1: Back to Basics/Beginner Exercises
Or click here for Module 2: Homophones/Common Word/Patterns Exercises
Or click here for Module 3: Intermediate/advanced exercises
Or click here for Module 4: Revision/Brain Training

Word searches help develop your visual memory - click, drag, highlight on the letters to make the word. It'll tell you if you are correct or not. Words are vertical, horizontal, diagonal, forwards, backwards......... Enjoy! Beat the clock! Can you do it in 10 minutes? Impossible!!! Lots of word searches in the Letter Pattern section below.

Advanced Spelling
Difficult Words
Difficult Words 2
Common Spelling Mistakes
Common Misspellings
More Common Misspellings
Common errors made by native speakers
More common errors
formal, academic, words
formal, academic, words quiz 2
Common misspelled words quiz 1
Common misspelled words quiz 2
Common misspelled words quiz 3
Common misspelled words quiz 4
Irregular past tense quiz
Irregular plurals test
Word class grammar quiz
Read, remember and type game
Four letter word quiz!

Silent Letters
Silent Letters
Silent Letter Word Search

Punctuation & Spelling
Apostrophes for contractions
Apostrophes for contractions 2
Apostrophes for possession quiz

Language of Spelling
Questions about spelling
Language of spelling and grammar
Multi-choice and revision

Spelling Rules
Drop the 'e' or not
-ie- or -ei- quiz
Adding -ly
Drop the 'e' word search

Error Correction/Proofreading
Error Correction, Proof-reading information
Spot the mistakes on these tattoos (now with photos)
More mistakes on tattoos - video
Email error-correction & 2 classic mistakes
Spot the punctuation and spelling mistakes

More Prefixes
Prefixes - making opposites

-ary, -ery, -ory choose the right one
-ary, -ery, -ory
-ible or - able endings
-ible word search
Suffixes 1
Suffixes 2
-tion, -sion, -cian which one?
-tion, -sion, -cian word search
-ful word search

Homophones & confusing words
More Homophones
Lots More Homophones
They're, their, there
They're, their, there 2
Your or you're
Your or you're 2
Homophones wordle
are or our
of or off
were or where
Homophone photo quiz
quit, quite, quiet exercise
Which which/witch is which? (exercise at bottom of page)

Irregular Plurals
Irregular plurals quiz
Regular Plurals
More Regular Plurals
Irregular Plurals - Revision
Making Plurals from words ending in O
changing y to ies or s plural rule
-ies word search

Back to Basics

Numbers 1 - 10
Numbers 11 - 20
Numbers 20, 30, 40, 50...
Numbers Revision.
22, 33, 44, 55...
numbers 20-100 word search

Ordinal Numbers - 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th...
Writing ordinal numbers exercise
Ordinal Numbers (1st, 2nd, 3rd...)Wordsearch

Days, Months, Seasons
Days of the Week
What day is it?
Days of the Week multi-choice
Days of the Week Puzzle
Days - missing vowels
Days - missing consonants
Days - multi-choice revision
*Days word search

Months of the Year
Months of the Year multi-choice
Months of the Year Puzzle
Months - multi-choice revision
Months - missing vowels
Months - missing consonants
Months game
Months word search

Seasons of the Year
Common time-of-day words
Revision - various words

Letter PatternsClick here to check out my Spelling Rules, Patterns & Strategies Masterclass
Letter Patterns with '-ight'
Letter Patterns with '-ui-'
-ary, -ery, -ory exercise
Letter Patterns with 'wor-'
Letter Patterns with 'squ-'
Letter Patterns with '-ea-'

consonant blend - br, gr, fr - word search
-ary word search*
-ery word search*
-ory word search*
-ious word search*
-ies word search*
-au- word search*
-ou- word search*
-ui- wordsearch*
-ea- letter pattern word search
-ough- letter pattern word search
-tion, -sion, -cian word search
words with the "sh" sound word search
the 'f' sound word search
hard 'g' word search

Guess the Word Game
Countries of the World
Towns and Cities in Britain
Brain-training- memory game
Anagram game - guess the word

Click here to do some Spelling Tests

Click here for some worksheets to print off

Click here for what other people have said about the help I've given them.

Click here to see the books I recommend about spelling, history of spelling/English, dictionaries and books on creative writing

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