Words in other languages are, with few exceptions, spelled as they sound.
In English easily 80 % are not spelled as they sound. Only in English-speaking countries (and to a lesser extent in France and Norway) is it necessary to teach spelling in school.
Imagine the energy and time given to the teaching of spelling in American schools. It occupies a large block of the curriculum from first to 6th grade. Other countries recover that time to concentrate on math and literature.
Turkey reduced its illiteracy from 85% to 15% in the 50 years following the introduction of phonetic spelling. Spanish speaking Cuba, where words are spelled as they sound, reduced illiteracy from 80% to about 20% in the first years of Castro’s push for education.
But, in English speaking countries, the illiteracy rate rises each year. Added to the illiterate population are the school dropouts, and Mexican immigrants who are hurriedly registered to vote for political reasons, and then assimilated into low paying jobs where writing is not a requirement, or they are provided with welfare.
If English words were spelled consistently, literacy could be acquired easily as it is in other written languages except for Chinese and Japanese.
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