stationary or stationery

stationary or stationery

In this lesson, we're going to look at memory tricks to remember which stationery/stationary is which. These memory tricks are used by many good spellers to help them to remember which word to use.

Letter Pattern Poem

Press the player above and listen to this famous anonymous poem about the strangeness of English spelling vs pronunciation.

quit, quite, quiet

These three words are quite a spelling nightmare for many people.

It's quite quiet today.

I quit my job because it was quite stressful now my life is quiet.


there, their, they're

There, their, they're - notice they have the same sound but different spelling and meaning.

of and off

of and off


These two simple words are often used incorrectly. My students both English and non-English are sometimes tripped up by these two.

The sound of them is different, and this can help you choose the right one.

Watch the video below or read on. There's a spelling test after.

lose and loose

In this lesson and video we're looking at two commonly misused words - lose and loose.

spelling a lot of or lots of

Many people spell these two phrases wrong, or they're not sure how to spell them, or don't know the differences between them. What about you?

Which sentences are correct?
a. I had a lots of fun yesterday.
b. I had alot of fun yesterday.
c. I had a lot of fun yesterday.
d. I had lots of fun yesterday.