Hard Spelling Words

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This list of hard spelling words features many words in which there is confusion about doubling consonants when adding word endings.

So don't cry out of frustration over these difficult words! Instead, learn more about spelling these words correctly, with our free Step by Step spelling lesson on doubling final consonants when adding suffixes.

Get your printable list of these hard spelling words, where doubling or not doubling consonants is the key to correct spelling.

admittance beginning committed compelling
conference controllable deference deferred
difference different edited entering
equipped excellent forgettable forgotten
formatting happened inference labeled
numbered occurrence occurring panicking
picnicking piloted planned preference
profiting propelled reference referring
regrettable shoveling stoppable submitted
suffered suffering transferred transmitter


Here are more spelling words that are sometimes difficult because of silent first letters:

aisle bdellium czar djembe
gnat gnome heir herbivore
knight knob knock knowledge
mnemonic physical physics pneumatic
pneumonia psalm pseudonym psoriasis
psychiatrist psychosis pterodactyl tsunami
whose wreath wrestle wrinkle

Additional Lists of Hard Spelling Words:

For some really tough spelling words, we have a list of 100 Difficult Spelling Words for Spelling Bee Officials. We've included the pronunciation, definition, part of speech, etymology and a sentence for each word. If you're having a serious competition, this list is for you!

Spelling Lessons

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Step-By-Step Spelling Lesson Plans - Here's a very methodical way  to teach, or learn, those tricky IE/EI words. Great for ESL students, upper elementary students, or adults. You can use every step of this lesson, or just the ones that you need. This free printable lesson includes a link to big list of IE/EI words for extra study and practice.

Step-by-Step Lesson - This lesson methodically teaches when to double, and when not to double, the final consonant when adding suffixes. 

Other Resources:

As student learn difficult words, make sure they know how to use them correctly. We have lots of fun spelling practice ideas, as well as spelling word games and spelling worksheets.

Be sure to try new ideas and share the ones that work best with other students, parents and teachers.

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