Quiz: How Good Is Your Spelling?
How Good Is Your Spelling?
By: Isadora Teich
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About This Quiz

Are you a spelling genius who can't be fooled by even English's trickiest words? While some languages are generally phonetic, meaning that they sound like they are spelled with only a small number of exceptions, the English language is not. Letters combine in unique ways to make unique sounds, and in some cases and in many words, some letters seem to not be pronounced in different ways. English words are full of silent letters. Often, two words can look similar and be pronounced completely differently. Frequently, they even look different but sound roughly the same.   

English is such a tricky language to learn that new students of it are often in for a struggle. Even lifelong speakers can struggle with it, and many native speakers cannot spell very well. This is because English can seem to have almost no constant rules at times. For example; they're, their and there all sound exactly the same. However, these words all are spelled very differently and mean very different things when used in the proper context.  

If you are a spelling whiz who loves a good spelling bee, put your English language skills to the ultimate test with this HowStuffWorks spelling quiz! 

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