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Memory helpers to help you spell

Jan 26, 2014 4:06:00 PM / by Vu Long Tran

Mnemonics (memory helpers)
Memory helps or mnemonics (pronounced ne-mon-icks) can be used to help one remember how to spell tricky words by making up a phrase or rhyme to remind one of the correct spelling.

Here is a table that displays examples from "The Spelling Skills Handbook", By John Barwick and Jenny Barwick*.


Word
Mnemonic
Comment
bear
a b ear bit my ear
homonym: b ear/ bare
business
there is a bus in business
also: I am in business
cemetery
three e's are in the c em et ery
confused with - ary ending
colour
our favourite col our
reminds you to include the u**
diary
a diary begins with ' I'
confused with dairy
environment
three n's in e nviro nme nt
middle n often omitted
government
two n's in gover nme nt
first n often omitted
hear
h ear with your ear
homonym: h ear/ here
island
an island is land
silent letter: s
loose
a l oose t ooth
confused with 'lose'
meat
animals eat m eat
homonym: m eat/ meet
parallel
the middle I's are para lle l
reminds you to include double I
sail
I ail when I sail
homonym: sail/ sale
separate
a rat is sep arate
also: sepa rate ends with rate
theatre
the, at, re
tricky spelling


**Please note that these tips are for Australian English. This means there may be slight variations of words that you are familar with. For example, the word colour is spelt, " colour" in Australian and British English, whereas in American English this is spelt, " color".
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    References:
    *Barwick, J (1999). The Spelling Skills Handbook. Sydney: Horwitz Education, p32.
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