The Inside on English Spelling
Paquita Boston explains why English spelling is so difficult, much harder than spelling in most other languages.
by Paquita Boston
At last, a book which spills the beans on English spelling.
Paquita Boston explains why English spelling is so difficult, much harder than spelling in most other languages. She says when children and migrants ask questions they need answers- for 'Why doesn't HIS have a Z?' and 'What's O doing in WON and why is GH in THROUGH?' or 'What's the point of silent letters?'
This book gives the answers and also asks 'Why were Biblical FRUTE and TUNG discarded in favour of FRUIT and TONGUE? Is English the victim of a class plot?'
We find that English spelling has rules and what's more lots of them. Boston explains the various codes which govern English spelling. She describes how these codes are keys to hidden treasure, the cultural inheritance of all English speaking people.
Boston treats spelling as a game as serious as any sport, with as many rules and as many game changes. After reading this book you'll actually enjoy spelling and no longer view English as 'a funny language without many spelling rules'- the current standard reply to questions on spelling. Instead, you will want to share the inside story on English spelling with young and old.
200 pages softcover