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The Correct Spelling of Words:  Lots of Tips & Lists

Correct spelling of words -where to find help
Girl standing next to sign with misspelled ukelele and more

If you want to see what happens when you don't learn the correct spelling of words, take a look at this sign! If you’re reading this page, chances are you want to improve your English. Or maybe you want to help someone else. That's why we're here!

Choose the tools that are most helpful for your specific needs. We have lists of homonyms, frequently misspelled words, and lots more. It's amazing how quickly you can improve your English skills just be mastering a few of these lists!

By the way, there are two correct spellings for Betsy's instrument: ukelele and ukulele. (You can also find Betsy Fisher and her ukelele/ukulele on YouTube.com.) 

Resources for Learning the Correct Spelling of Words

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NEW! Irregular Plural Nouns - Since the plural of goose is geese, why isn't the plural of moose meese? In this comprehensive spelling lesson, I cover predictable spelling patterns for many of the most frequently encountered irregular plural nouns. Other words, like moose, have no plural, and just can't be explained. But I'll tell you about those, too!

300 Commonly Misspelled Words

NEW!   300 Commonly Misspelled Words - Skim this long list of words to find the ones you misspell the most often. Then follow the tips on this page to master their correct spellings. Why make the same mistakes over and over again when you CAN improve your spelling skills?! A free printable page is included, along with many additional helpful resources. 

List of 102 frequently misspelled words:  Study this list to boost your spelling abilities. Everybody has a few spelling glitches! Our list includes accidentally, accommodate, acquaintance, calendar, cemetery, fascinate, February, raspberry, rhythm, scissors, and 92 more words that are commonly spelled incorrectly. You should attempt to learn ALL of these to enhance your spelling performance. 


Wacky Word Spelling - See more examples of misspellings, in addition to this receipt which includes four typos/misspellings . Share photos and examples of your own!

Examples of confusing words, from our Spelling Demons page

Spelling Demons - Sometimes the words that trip us up are those that are easily-confused with other words, like desert/dessert and allusion/illusion. Master this list to improve your spelling skills.

Troublesome Homophones Explained, Part 1:  Improve spelling skills by choosing the correct homonym. Definitions and examples included for homonyms beginning with A - P.  Free pdf.  

Troublesome homophones Explained, Part 2:  Here's more spelling help with homonyms. If your/you’re ever to/too confused to use the correct homonym, print out this free, handy reference tool! Homonyms beginning with P - Y.

Screenshot from our Online Spelling Game

Online Spelling Games - Check your knowledge of correct homonym usage with this one. It's simple to play, and great for upper elementary, middle school, high school, college students, and anyone who needs to brush up on this important skill. 

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Spelling numbers: Free printable chart makes spelling numbers a breeze. We've included helpful tips for numbers that are especially problematic, such as eighth, forty, and more. This chart is useful for all ages. See why it's one of the most popular resources on this website!

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Everyday spelling skills: In everyday spelling, we all make some common mistakes. Here are 5 quick things you can do now to improve your writing. Printable version of our expanded explanations is included on the web page. 

Correct name spelling: Learn how to find and remember the correct name spellings for important people in your life. Correct name spelling is essential in so many settings! With colleagues, relatives, and especially employers, it can be a real asset to be able to spell names correctly. 

Spelling of first names: Here are some things to consider when choosing your unborn child's first name. Work through the best options for the spelling that he/she will use for his/her entire life! (No pressure, though!)  

About Dictionaries for the Correct Spelling of Words

Merriam-Webster Dictionaries - Read a brief history of this authoritative name in the world of dictionaries. Find links to the company's most popular editions.

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Dictionery or Dictionary?  Is it dictionery or dictionary? Aggravate or aggravate?  Disasterous or disastrous?  Take this quiz and find out how well you can recognize the correct spelling of some commonly misspelled words.

Dictionary Spelling:  We answer the question, "How can you find a word in the dictionary to check its spelling, if you don’t know how to spell it?

You may also be interested in these Spelling Lessons.


Q: How can I better learn the correct spelling of words? 

A: Take a few short cuts! Learn some key lists of frequently misspelled words. There are about 100 words or so that many of us struggle to remember. Find the words on that list that can trip you up and MEMORIZE them. Or, embrace a mnemonic device to help you remember each correct spelling.

You can also keep a list of your own personal spelling demons in a small notebook. Review this list frequently. Ask someone to quiz you on your most frequently misspelled words.

Q: How can I use a mnemonic device to learn correct word spellings?

A: Here's an example. Look at the word SEPARATE.  Often, the misspelled letter is the first A. Many folks use an E there instead. To help you remember to use an A, say to your self, "Let's sePARate while hitting PAR on the golf course." That reminds you of the correct spelling of the middle syllable. Simple, right?

Q: How can I learn the correct spellings of NEW words?

A: Read books, blogs, news articles, or anything else of interest to you. Use your small notebook to jot down the new words you encounter. These can be words you only need to learn to spell.  You can record words for which you also need to learn word meanings. This is a simple way to expand your vocabulary, too! 


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Think a Spell brain teaser eBook

Think-A-Spell! A fun collection of brain teasers and spelling challenges. Best for ages 10 to adult. 

101 Word Play Puzzlers 275 px

101 Word Play Puzzlers   Discover the FUN of letters & words as you solve each unique puzzle. Great vocabulary & spelling practice!

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Gigantic Spelling Bee Word Lists with definitions, sentences and languages

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Spelling Bee Toolboxes for Grades 3/5 and 6/8   All the resources you need for a successful bee! 

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Monumental Spelling Bee Word Lists for grades 3/4, 5/6 and 7/8 with definitions, sentences and languages

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Mammoth Spelling Bee Word Lists  for grades 3/4, 5/6 and 7/8  with sentences, definitions, and languages

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Young Spellers Spelling Bee Word List for Grades 1 & 2 only 

100 Diff Words Vol 1 275 px

100 Difficult Spelling Bee Words with Definitions, Sentences and Pronunciations, Volumes 1 and 2

600 Spelling Bee Words & Sentences

600 Spelling Bee Words & Sentences for Gr 3/5 & 6/8 Extra words & sentences at two levels

AnyWord Spelling Practice eBooks

AnyWord Spelling Practice Series Worksheets, Games and Prompts that work with almost ANY spelling words!

Fun Spelling Worksheets for Grades 1-2

Fun Spelling Worksheets for Grades 1 and 2    50 All-new reproducible pages for early learners!