+44 (0)20 7605 4123 Student Login

Three reasons why English spelling is confusing

In this week’s post, Akiko takes a look at the common problems associated with spelling in English, and reveals that these problems may run much deeper than you might expect.

I must confess that I wasn’t the best speller at the school. In my last blog post, I wrote about why I found it difficult to pronounce some English words and expressions. In this one, I want to look at why English spelling can be so confusing.

English spelling is described with expression such as ‘chaotic’, ’unpredictable’, ‘disorganised’ or ‘a mess’.
(Crystal, 2002, The English language – a guide tour of the language, p.69)

Why does this happen?

All articles Next article

Post your questions and comments:

Why study at The London School of English?

  • Rated “Excellent” in over 750 independent client reviews
    Over 100 years’ experience
    Tailored training delivers clear results
    Memorable experiences in London, Canterbury or online
Find out more