Okay people. I know I'm by far not the best at grammar or spelling and I'm a firm believer in spell check. What I think people have forgotten though is that "spell" check doesn't know if you used the word "know" instead of "no" incorrectly. All it knows is that it's spelled correctly. I know they know the difference - know meaning having knowledge and no meaning NO. It's usually just a typing error. The same with their, there, and they're - I hope.
On with the story - I constantly come into contact with people who, when writing/typing, seem to struggle with the difference between the words sell and sale. While this seems quite easy for me to understand, I'm sure there are people who can't figure out why it is that I can't figure out the difference between affect and effect. Even when referring to my dictionary I'm befuddled with which word to use. To me, the definitions appear to be the same but not.
Two other words I noticed are then and than. I decided I wanted to ramble about this today because I have nothing else better to do other than stalk all my blogger buds. So, here are some examples of how to use the words sell and sale, and then and than.
I would like to sell my items on eBay.
I have some items for sale on eBay if you would like to purchase them.
If you don't like my post today then I guess you will have to go read somewhere else.
First you put the sugar in the bowl, then the butter.
He is taller than Sally.
I would rather eat milk chocolate than dark chocolate.
These issues tend to develop from the differences in dialect or the differences in how we as individuals pronounce certain words. I've learned a lot about these particular issues since I've been home schooling and been teaching my son how to read, spell, and write. Why don't we spell the word away "uhway"? That's how it's pronounced? How do you teach your kid "WHY" it's spelled a-w-a-y? The standard way of teaching is by memory - write it five times and then take a test. If a child doesn't happen to be a visual learner, there is an increase in the chance that he or she may struggle. I tell you this from my own experience.
The sad part is that this struggling child may think he or she is "dumb" or have a complex about themselves when in actuality, it's not that they are incapable of learning to spell or read, it's just that they are NOT strong VISUAL learners. Me included.
One of MANY reasons why I decided to try to home school was because I was intrigued by a particular curriculum. It's from The Riggs Institute and it's called The Writing & Spelling Road to Reading & Thinking. Even if you don't home school, it would be well worth the investment in your child to work with them at home with this method.
If you have the time, please read the information at that site. You just might find it quite interesting. I know I did and still do.
Thanks for reading! :)