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.

making plurals with words ending in O

Adding -s or -es to words ending in O.
You can either add an -s or -es to words ending in O or sometimes they're spelled either way.

-able or -ible

When do we use -ible and when do we use -able endings?

They're both common spelling patterns for adjectives and usually sound the same.

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.

word families & letter patterns

How to improve and learn spelling using letter patterns and word families.

1:1:1 doubling up rule


In this video we're looking at the doubling up 1:1:1: spelling rule as in:

Language of spelling

It's important to understand some key words about spelling.

When you start to look carefully at how and why words are spelt, you'll need to know and understand some of the language. This is important with spelling rules.

Building words with prefixes & suffixes - intro

Uncomfortably, disinterested, unmanageable, indifferently, unnecessarily, anticlockwise, misrepresentation...
Do long words scare you?