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Due to the new EU VAT tax laws taking place on 1 January 2015 small businesses, like, who sell digital products – ebooks, videos and online courses, have to charge VAT on all sales to the EU. The rate depends on each country. Arghhh!!!

They were aiming to make  the big boys like Amazon pay taxes but it’s going to destroy small independent businesses

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understand it. And one thing I’ve learnt – is you need to see punctuation as a friend. A friend that helps you get your point across by makiyour writing, spelling and meaning clear to the reader.

Do yourself and others a favour and really start to improve your writing by understanding how to punctuate your writing.


If you’re interested in really improving your punctuation, writing and spelling, Click here to watch the video on my page.



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I’ve been working with the folks at on a Spelling Rules Course.

The videos are about 11 mins long with worksheets and exercises.

Check them out at – click here

Some of you can’t watch YouTube on your computers so hopefully you’ll be able to watch them on

Let me know what you think.



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I’ve written a Spelling Rules Workbook for you. It’s got over 120 pages of rules – Go to the Workbboks menu or Module 1 and log in


I’ve also made some longer and more in-depth spelling rules videos.


Check them out on Module 1


Keep working on your spelling and it will get better. Stay passionate about your learning





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Have you got that “back to school” feeling, that “I need to get my brain going” feeling, that niggling feeling you should be doing something?

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New Module 3 workbook


I’ve put together a Module 3 Workbook

with information and loads of exercises on common vowel

suffixes/endings: -ant/-ent/-ance/-ence/-ary/-ory/-ery/-ury/-ible/-able…

You can download the PDF version by going to the Spelling Patterns

Masterclass and clicking on Module 3 or the Workbooks menu link.

This means you can work on your spelling when you’re offline,

haven’t got the Internet or computer.

Click here, sign on to Module 3

I’ll be doing more workbooks soon.

Keep working on your spellings, don’t give up,

a little bit at a time will improve your confidence and spelling.

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your & you’re

These two words can be a nightmare to get right, especially when you’re writing quickly and the first one comes into your head. That’s why it’s so important to proofread your work

<href=””>click here to watch the video on your and you’re

Enjoy and keep passionate about your spelling and learning






Module 13 – Common Misspellings
Common misspelled words – Oxford Dictionary Corpus
Common misspelled words – university students
Common misspelled words – non-native speakers


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[Patterns] new silent letter rules & patterns

Have you tried Module 12 – Silent Letters?


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More patterns, exercises, spelling tests added every week

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Module 1 – The Foundations – prefixes, suffixes, spelling rule patterns
Module 2 – short / long vowel sounds & word contrasts
Module 3 – important word endings (suffix patterns)
Module 4 – common ‘O’ patterns
Module 5 – the ‘a’ patterns
Module 6 – common endings
Module 7 – common ‘s’ patterns
Module 8 – consonant sounds & word contrasts
Module 9 – initial sounds
Module 10 –  common ‘w’ patterns
Module 11 -some common patterns 
Module 12 – silent letter patterns

More patterns, exercises, spelling tests added every week

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A quick review (test!) of patterns so far. Can you see which of these are right? Can you use any strategies to help? Any prefixes, suffix spelling rules you know now to help?

1. contemporary or contemporery
2. voluntary or voluntery
3. immediately or immedietely
4. deliberete or deliberate
5. clearence or clearance
6. berrys or berries
7. applause or aplause
8. irresponsible or unresponsible
9. legable or legible
10. acceptable or acceptible
11. doughter or daughter
12. anguish or angiush
13. circiut or circuit
14. recieved or received
15. beleif or belief
16. ancient or anceint
17. annoyence or annoyance

Answers – check your choices carefully visit the patterns you had trouble with

1. contemporary (-ary pattern)
2. voluntary ( ary pattern)
3. immediately (-ate pattern)
4. deliberate (-ate pattern)
5. clearance (-ant/ance pattern)
6. berries (spelling rule y to ies)
7. applause ( ap/app pattern)
8. irresponsible (word building with prefixes)
9. legible (ible pattern)
10. acceptable (able pattern)
11. daughter (gh words)
12. anguish (ui pattern)
13. circuit (ui pattern)
14. recieved or received (ie/ei pattern)
15. belief (ie/ei pattern)
16. ancient (ie/ei pattern)
17. annoyance (-ant/ance pattern)

How did you do?

Keep studying, keep the enthusiasm


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Try these from a QTS teachers spelling test. I’m currently teaching some teachers how to use spelling strategies,
noticing letter patterns, using prefixes and suffixes and spelling rules to help them with the test and help their students too.


Which of these are correct?


1.  -ies, -ves, -s and -es to plural nouns and verbs?

I’ve developed a series of lessons that look at some rules that apply to both plurals and verbs, and the patterns.


1. Adding -es to words ending in -s, -ss, -ch, -z, -x   

2. Changing words ending in -f or -fe to -ves or -fs 

3. Change words ending in -y to -ies or -s  

4. Adding -s or -es to words ending in O

. Irregular plurals 

I’ve got  videos, exercises, rules and patterns for you to study these important words.


Click and log on and find out all you need to know .


Stay passionate about your learning and spelling




JR: The one approach that adults may need to do differently is to change their state of mind about spelling and learning. They may have a lot of negative baggage from their school experience and have various barriers to learning. Also some adults get discouraged easily, hate making mistakes, and think they can’t learn or remember things.

Adults, especially ones with low self-esteem and confidence in spelling, need to be gentle with themselves, and not give themselves a ‘hard time’ for not being able to spell! And to know that mistakes are good and to learn from them. They need to understand they’re not alone and that there are a lot of people with the same feelings and experience. It’s important they seek advice and help from well-trained literacy teachers who understand their needs, can empathize with them, and know the strategies that will help them.

Adults also need to learn about memory. They get anxious when they can’t remember spellings they’ve just learnt and end up blaming themselves. It’s important for them to learn all about short-term and long-term memory, how it’s natural to forget things, and the ways in which they can get spellings into their long-term memory.

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Adults might also need more constant reassurance. My online courses all have email reminders and words of encouragement! Adult learners usually start off with good intentions about their learning but then the pressures of life, work and other responsibilities start impacting on their time to do even a few minutes a day, and then their initial enthusiasm wanes.

Adults must also take responsibility for their learning. Spelling can be learned and improved if they understand that it takes a bit of effort, time and thought. Just reading a lesson, or watching a video won’t improve their spelling but doing exercises, games, tests and writing will make a difference.

Words they are learning must be relevant to their work and lives. I try and only use words that are in common usage, and put them in context. If I’m working 1:1 with a student or group of students then we work on words that are important for them. There’s no point learning words that are obsolete or not in common usage. I see spelling books with the most obscure words – pointless.

Adults also need more sophisticated words to be able to express themselves so learning spelling strategies to help remember these words is important.

This brings us to the most important part of spelling – spelling strategies to learn and remember spellings.

The approach I take with all learners, young and adults, is to teach them all about spelling strategies and how these can help them remember spellings, stop them getting stressed about spelling and to learn to love spelling.

The top spelling strategies that really help all learners are:

1. Using memory tricks (mnemonics). I use them and love them and so do the adults I teach.

Explaining to learners that they can use all sorts of tricks to help them remember difficult spellings is such an eye-opener for them. The best mnemonics are those that learners invent for themselves. The effort of making up the mnemonic makes the spelling memorable, but it’s useful for them to see other people’s ‘tricks’ too.

It seems to be the individual letters that confuse most people in these classic difficult spellings:

· necessary – it’s necessary to have one collar and two sleeves – 1 C and 2 S’s

· accommodation – the accommodation has 2 cots with 2 mattress 2 C’s and 2 m’s

· stationery or stationary – stationery has an e for envelopes, paper, pens. Stationary with a has stopped at the station


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Stay passionate about your spelling and learning

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A quick test

Do you get confused with the -ary, -ery, -ory endings?

Try this exercise below.(Hope you can see it in your email if not try the -ary, -ery, -ory exercise in the quizzes section)

Stay focussed and passsionate.



Thanks to Shireen Shuster and her  ‘Spelling Essentials’ book


I hope so and I hope you’re seeing letter patterns everywhere – on headlines, adverts, magazines. Notice them and ask yourself if you know any other words in that pattern

Keep passionate about learning and improving your spelling


Building words with prefixes and suffixes – revision


Uncomfortably, disinterested, unmanageable, indifferently, unnecessarily, anticlockwise, misrepresentationDo long words scare you?

In my new series of lessons and videos on building words with prefixes and suffixes. We’ll look at how these ‘long’ words aren’t so scary and difficult to learn if you break them down into manageable and memorisable chunks.

“You can improve your spelling, increase your knowledge of words and spellings, and dramatically improve your confidence with spelling if you understand that long words are often made up of a ‘root’ word plus ‘bits’ added to the beginning and/or end.” (These “bits” are called prefixes and suffixes). Basic Skills Agency 

Click on the links below 
Building words with suffixes and prefixes part 1 – the intro
Building words with suffixes and prefixes part 2 – prefixes
Building words with suffixes and prefixes part 3 – suffixes
Building words with suffixes and prefixes part 4 – the spelling rules


P.S. Improve your spelling through learning all about letter pattern

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Just a quick email to say that I’ve programmed some Self-assessment test for you to test your progress and what you need
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We double up the letters after a short vowel sound.

Let’s look at  beetle and settle.  

beetle has two vowels and is a long vowel sound while settle is a short vowel sound.  
Can you remember what vowels are?

a.e.i.o.u  and these can make long and short vowel sounds. 

Say these words and notice the different sounds (or watch the video below click here): table / apple; title / little; idle / middle.
 All have single vowels but one is a long vowel sound and the other short. 
table, title, idle are long vowel sounds and called diphthongs which are two vowels made into one long vowel sound by the movement of the tongue.

We also have the long ‘ee’ sound in beetle, steeple, wheedle, needle…   

All these long vowel sounds have one consonant + le, as in the patterns: -tle, -ble, ple, fle… 
We have the short vowel sounds in: little, middle, settle, shuffle, apple so we double up the consonant before the -le and have the patterns: -ddle, -ttle, -ffle, -pple, -zzle…

Not many people know this rule. Most good spellers know these common spellings and can see the letter patterns in them. But it’s always great to know why spelling is the way it is, and helps with the questions and frustrations about spelling. 

But this doubling up rule is used in other spelling rules with one vowel, one syllable, one consonant – sit sitting, put- putting. Click here to check out my doubling up 1:1:1 rule lesson 
If you’d like to watch the video click here

Let’s have a look at the difference between these patterns, sounds and spellings.

You need to look carefully and notice the patterns. But don’t get too stressed about the sound if you can’t hear the differences whether it’s a short or long vowel sound.

table,  bible (long)

bubble, wobble (short)





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struggle, giggle
single angle (two consonants so no doubling)
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we add the c to the k when it’s a short vowel sound
Note that no letters are doubled if there are two consonants before – le: ankle, sprinkle, stumble, bundle, gargle, bangle, bungle…


Let’s look at the -stle letter pattern 

**castle, wrestle, whistle, bristle (the t is silent
not “castill” “bristol”  and a silent w and silent t in wrestle)

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Let’s do a spelling test. Click download/media/player button

1. When I tickle my children they giggle and wriggle.

2. I’m able to tackle this without hassle but it’s a struggle.
3. This is a puzzle and I get in a muddle.
4. I scribbled his name down quickly and it’s now a riddle.

5. I struggle to spell, especially the middle bits of words.

If you’d like to improve spelling using letter patterns and sounds
then visit my website and
check out my Spelling Patterns and Pronunciation Masterclass
– it’s a unique course 

Also more on the history of -le and The reasons Why English Spelling is so Weird and Wonderful on the website too.


Thanks for taking the time to read this and see you in the next lesson.







Find out what spelling patterns you need.

I want you to quickly email me with a short description about your life, job, what you feel, what you feel about spelling, anything. Don’t worry about mistakes. I need to see what you can’t spell. This is for me to access your spelling needs. It’s confidential – just between you and me.

Do it now, go on. Just press reply and bang away. And I’ll send you some things to work on or devise some for you.


Just to let you know I’ve uploaded an exclusive video on the troublesome –ei– and –ie– letter patterns.

Many people have problems with words with the pattern –ei– and –ie-in them, especially words like believe, receive, chief, receipt, ancient…

Does the spelling rule i before e except after c really work? Can we use it to spell all the –ei– and –ie– words?

How many sounds are there for –ei– and –ie– words?

Watch the video and find out.

Log-in  here and go to the Video menu

Remember to let me know if there are any spelling patterns and rules you have trouble with.



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Did you read yesterday’s email about
my exciting new Spelling Patterns and Pronunciation Masterclass course?

If so, thank you. What do you think?
Are you ready to invest in your learning?

Click here to check out my video and the course.

(I’m actually in the video for a change – gulp – I get so tongue-tied!!!!)

Top tips: 

  • Stop giving yourself a hard time for not spelling well and start doing something about it.hard studying
  • Improve your spelling so you can improve your job prospects, confidence, future.
  • Everything can be improved by working at it – not dreaming about it.

Join me on this course and you’ll get
exclusive quizzes, games, exercises, podcast spelling tests and videos.

As well as 16 years of knowledge and information

gathered from the best teachers and practitioners in the spelling, English language,

dyslexic and literacy fields.

(I will also send you emails to remind you

to do at least 5 minutes a day.)

All this for only a small fee of £5 £3 

Last day tomorrow then it goes up to a fiver.

If you are serious about improving

your spelling then you must do something about it.

Thanks for reading this.

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P.S.  Click here to check out the video with me going on about the Spelling Patterns and Pronunciation Masterclass 



“There are some strings of letters which occur often. Good spellers are able to remember these easily.”  Spell Well-Basic Skills Agency.

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“There are letter patterns that you need to be able to write automatically as ‘chunks’ of spelling: st-, br-, spr-, -nt, sk-, ie, ei, oy, igh, ough, -ful, -au-, -sure…

Notice and practise these to establish your muscle and visual memory.” Johanna Stirling: “Teaching Spelling”

You can develop this skill too.

Visual memory is one of our most important ways of remembering things. So identifying letter patterns is a great way to help spelling.



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Can you spot some of the common letter patterns above?

(letter patterns are also known as spelling patterns or letter strings)

Can you see the words with the patterns -ck, spr-, br-, cl-, -ng, -ant…

“There are some strings of letters which occur often.
Good spellers are able to remember these easily and can visualise
the letter patterns in words.” Spell Well -Basic Skills Agency.

“There are letter patterns that you need to be able to write automatically
as ‘chunks’ of spelling rather than letter-by-letter: st- br- spr- -nt sk-
ch  th  ng  oa  ie  er  oy
(word endings) ante, ful. -ant
(patterns related to history  not sound) ough, igh” – Johanna Stirling “Teaching Spelling”


Good spellers know the look and sounds of spelling

Developing your visual memory for what looks right and using sound
to help is my first spelling masterclass – 
Spelling Patterns and Pronunciation Masterclass 

In this unique Masterclass I’ve linked common letter patterns to their sounds. So you’ll
be better able to link a spelling to its sound, and know the different patterns the
sounds make, and if needed improve your pronunciation.

Good spellers sometimes pronounce a word to guess the spelling. (But we can’t rely on
pronunciation for spelling. We need to develop other strategies like developing our
visual memory for what looks right and knowing letter patterns.)

This course has exclusive games, quizzes, videos, spelling tests, pronunciation help and much much more to help develop your visual memory, your muscle memory, develop the sound-pattern relationship and pronunciation.

And all this for only a small fee of £5  £3 (subscribers only)

*Be quick though. This offer is only available for subscribers for £3 for 3 days only.

Offer ends on Thursday 11 April at midnight ( I have to reprogram the cost and it will go out to everyone!)


I know spelling can be difficult and frustrating but working on your spelling for 5 minutes a day will improve it.

If you’d like any more info email me.
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purchasing the Letter Patterns Masterclass.

You need to keep your password save, your username is your email address.

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I will send you emails
reminding you to do the course and also when there are new quizzes and tests to do.

If there are any spelling patterns or spelling you think should be on there or you need extra work on then let me know.



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