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SoundSpel:
Free Educational Software

SoundSpel adds to Microsoft Word(tm) the capability for one-click translation from regular spelling to phonic spelling sometimes called SoundSpel. Type or open a document in Word, click a button, and in seconds see the document in phonic form (SoundSpel form.)

There is also a twin product called "DoubleLine." This program product produces a line of SoundSpel under a line of regular spelling. A struggling reader or ESL student can check hard words by just comparing the word in question with the same word in the line below, providing a consistent use of letters that assists pronunciation, especially for foreign-born students.

The address for downloading SoundSpel and/or DoubleLine is http://www.ententetranslator.com/IDL.htm.

SoundSpel

Reading is simple, rational, logical, and easy to learn. But English spells its 42 spoken sounds in over 400 ways!

In 1986, Edward Rondthaler and Edward J. Lias compiled A Simplified Alternative Spelling For The English Language. It began with "A Close Look at the Illogic and Disorder of English Spelling".

ae

ae  
American Spelling Notation

a

ae

at ace
about
 

aa

 

ar

father hard 
maroon
 

air

 

au, aw

fair auto, saw
   

b

 

ch

bat church
   

d

 

e

dot edit
systematic
begin
   

ee

 

er

meet baker
   

f

 

g

fat got
   

h

 

i

hat it
easily
   

ie

 

ia, io, iu

ice editorial
champion
auditorium
   

j

 

k, c

judge kit, cat
   

l

 

m

let men
   

n

 

ng

net sing
blanket
 

o

 

oe

hot over
atom
 

oi

 

oo

oil ooze
   

or

 

ou, ow

order out, how
(office)
memoranbum
 

p

 

q

pet quit
   

r

 

rr

red arrow
merry
sorrow
 

s

 

sh

sets shut
   

t

 

th

tint this
thin
 

u

 

ue

under unit
accumulate
 

ur

 

uu

urgent put
   

v

 

w

valve wet
   

wh

 

x

what exam
extra
 

y

 

z

yet zones
victory
 

zh

azure
maelstrom (ae) maelstrom  
made (a-e) maed  
steak (ea) steak  
rainy (ai) raeny  
playing (ay) plaeing  
sleigh (eigh) slae  
straight (aigh) straet  
gauge (au-e) gaej  
making (a) maecing  
gaol (ao) jael  
veiled (ei) vaeld  
they (ey) thae  
raise (ai-e) raez  
plagueing (a-ue) plaeging  
ballet (et) balae  
seine (ei-e) saen  
matinee (ee) matinae  
dossier (er) dosyae  
bouguet bookae  

a

at  
had (a) had  
plaid (ai) plad  
have (a-e) hav  
half (al) haf  
meringue (i-ue) murang  
guarantee (ue) garantee  
laugh (au) laf  
dahlia (ah) dalia  
harangue (a-ue) harang  
ingenue (i) anzhenoo  

au(aw)

  laa (law)  
awkward (aw) aukward  
fault (au) fault  
exhaust (hau) exaust  
salt (a) sault  
bought (ought) baut  
tought (augh) taut  
balk (al) baulc  
broad (oa) braud  
false (a-e) fauls  
squall (ua) sqaul  
awesome (awe) ausum  
dogmatic (o) daugmatic  
sauce (au-e) saus  
saw sau  
law (aw) lau  
lawless (aw) laules  
jaw (aw) jau  
jawbone (aw) jauboen  

ar

ar  
barm (ar) barn  
heart (ear) hart  
guardian (uar) gardian  
bazaar (aar) bazar  
are (are) ar  
sergeant (er) sarjent  
starve (ar-e) starv  
catarrh (arrh) catar  
bizarre (arre) bizar  
memoir (ir) memwar  

air

air  
chair (air) chair  
their (eir) thair  
swearing (ear) swairing  
where (ere) wair  
cared (are) caird  
prayer (ayer) prair  
square (uare) scwair  
heir (heir) air  
wary (ar) wairee  
doctrinair (air) doctrinair  

b

bat/bal  

d

dog  

ee/y

ee/hapee  
seen (ee) seen  
key (ey) cee  
deceit (ei) deseet  
field (ie) feeld  
people (eo) peepl  
amoeba (oe) ameeba  
team (ea) teem  
aeon (ae) eeon  
leave (ea-e) leev  
ravine (i-e) raveen  
these (e-e) theez  
league (ea-ue) leeg  
cheese (ee-e) cheez  
deceive (ei-e) deseev  
believe (ie-e) beleev  
antique (i-ue) anteec  
mosquito (ui) mosceeto  
ski (i) scee  
squeak (uea) scweec  
receipt (eip) reseet  
debris (is) debree  
esprit (it) espree  
trustee (ee) trustee  
trusty (y) trusty  
happy (y) hapy  
happiest (i) hapyest  
archaeology (ae) arcyolojy  

e

ed  
met (e) met  
many (a) meny  
burial (u) berial  
said (ai) sed  
aesthetic (ae) esthetic  
says (ay) sez  
head (ea) hed  
heifer (ei) hefer  
friend (ie) frend  
jeopardy (eo) jeperdy  
foetid (oe) fetid  
guest (ue) gest  
damage (a-e) damej  
cleanse (ea-e) clenz  
belle (e-e)  bel  
headed (ed) heded  

f

 fan  
feed (f) feed  
muffin (ff) mufin  
tough (gh) tuf  
calf (lf) caf  
graphic (ph) grafic  
sapphire (pph) safier  

g

goet  
get (g) get  
dagger (gg) dager  
ghetto (gh) geto  
guarded (gu) garded  
vaguely (gue) vaegly  

h

hors  
who (h)  hoo  

ie

ie/I  
tried (ie) tried  
trying (y) trieing  
find (i) fiend  
like (i-e) liek  
buys (uy) biez  
height (eigh) hiet  
hightest (igh) hieest  
rhyme (hy-e) riem  
stein (ei) stien  
island (is) ieland  
aisle (ais-e) iel  
maestro (ae) miestro  
diamond (ie) diemond  
fiery (ie) fiery  
eying (ey) ieing  
guide (ui-e) gied  
type (y-e) tiep  
coyote (oy) cieoet  
eye (eye) ie  
aye (aye) ie  
bayou (ay) bieoo  
alibi (i) alibie  
buy (uy) bie  
high (ight) hie  
dye (ye) die  
try (y) trie  
lie (ie) lie  
I (i) i  

I

 it  
pin (i) pin  
women (o) wimen  
busy (u) bizee  
pretty (e) pritee  
lynch (y) linch  
been (ee) bin  
sieve (ie-e) siv  
guild (ui) gild  
anaesthesia (ae) anistheezha  
exhibit (hi) exibit  
give (i-e) giv  
minute (u-e) minit  
counterfeit (ei) counterfit  
bisque (i-ue) bisk  
apocalypse (y-e) apocalips  
mischief (ie) mischif  

j

jump  
just (j) just  
judgment (dg) jujment  
bridge (dge) brij  
soldier (di) soeljr  
magic (g) majic  
exaggerate (gg) exajeraet  
region (gi) reejon  
grandeur (de) granjer  
gorgeous (geo) gorjus  
adjust (dj) ajust  
modulate (d) mojulaet  
large (ge) larj  

k

kiet  
kit (k) cite  
back (ck) bak  
lacquer (cqu) laker  
khaki (kh) caky  
chukka (kk) chuka  
talk (lk) tauk  
chemistry (ch) cemistree  
saccharine (cch) sakarin  
biscuit (cu) biscit  
liquor (qu) licor  
cflique (que) clic  

l

liet  
lip (l) lip  
telling (ll) teling  
muscle (cle) musl  
people (le) peepl  
kiln (ln) cil  
lisle (sl) liel  

m

mies  
men (m) men  
hammer (mm) hamer  
column (mn) colum  
phlegm (gm) flem  
palm (lm) paam  
lamb (mb) lam  

n

needl  
not (n) not   
runner (nn) runer  
knock (kn) noc  
gnat (gn) nat  
comptroller (mp) controeler  
pneumatic (pn) noomatic  
mnemonic (mn) nemonic  
handsome (nd) hansum  

oe

oe  
embargoed (oe) embargoed  
going (o) goeing  
glowing (ow) gloeing  
seing (ew) soeing  
soul (ou) soel  
bone (o-e) boen  
road (oa) roed  
yolk (ol) yoek  
brooch (oo) broech  
beaus (eau) boez  
depot (ot) deepoe  
owe (owe) oe  
yeoman (eo) yoeman  
doughnuts (ough) doenuts  
chauffeur (au) shoefer  
haurboy (aut) hoeboi  
mauve (au-e) moev  
rogue (o-ue) roeg  
cantaloupe (ou-e) cantaloep  
cologne (og-e) coloen  
hoe (oe) hoe  
go (o) goe  
glow (ow) gloe  
sew (ew) soe  
beau (eau) boe  
though (ough) thoe  
oh (oh) oe  
apropos (os) apropoes  
depot (ot) deepoe  

o

on  
hot (o) hot  
swamp (a) swomp  
yacht (ach) yot  
knowledge (ow) nolej  
honest (ho) onest  
demijohn (oh) demijon  
bureaucracy (eau) buerocrasy  
father (a) fother  
calm (al) kom  
lingerie (i) lonzheree  
eclat (at) aklo  
pas (as) po  
genre (e) zhonra  
auto (au) otoe  

oo

boo  
moon (oo) moon  
group (ou) groop  
fruit (ui) froot  
glue (ue) gloo  
drew (ew) droo  
two (wo) too  
flu (u) floo  
canoe (oe) canoo  
through (ought) throo  
rule (u-e) rool  
lieu (ieu) loo  
loose (oo-e) loos  
lose (o-e) looz  
pooh (ooh) poo  
coup (oup) coo  
bruise (ui-e) brooz  
jiujitsu (iu) joojitsoo  
silhouette (hou) silooet  
buoy (uo) booee  
deuce (eu-e) doos  
manoeuvre (oeu) manoover  
sleuth (eu) slooth  
rendezvous (ous) rondevoo  
mousse (ou-e) moos  

ou(ow)

ouch  
cloud (ou) cloud  
house (ou-e) hous  
hour (hou) our  
flour (ou) flour  
out (ou) out  
how (ow) hou  
bough (ough) bou  
pow (ow) pou  
power (ow) pouer  
landau (au) landou  

oi

oeee/boeee (boy)  
point (oi) point  
boy (oy) boi  
noise (oe-e) noiz  
buoy (uoy) boi  
gargoyle (oy-e) gargoil  

or

for  
fort (or) fort  
store (ore) stor  
floor (oor) flor  
pour (out) por  
drawer (awer) dror  
reservoir (oir) rezervor  
quorum (uor) cworum  
swarm (ar) sworm  
roar (oar) ror  
rapport (ort) rapor  
dinosaur (aur) dienosor  
torque (or-ue) tork  

p

pie  

r

raen/her  
rat (r) rat  
rhythm (rh) rithm  
catarrh (rrh) catar  
wrist (wr) rist  
colonel (l) cernel  
corps (rps) morgej  
quandary (ar) cwondry  
velours (rs) veluur  

s

 snaek  
set (s) set  
ciry (c) sity  
fence (ce) fens  
scene (sc) seen  
blessing (ss) blesing  
psychic (ps) siecic  
schism (sch) sizm  
house (se) hous  
worsted (rs) wuusted  
listen (st) lisen  
isthmus (sth) ismus  
sword (sw) sord  
waltz (z) waults  
convalesce (sce) convales  

sh

ship  
shop (sh) shop  
machine (ch) masheen  
ocean (ce) oeshan  
special (ci) speshal  
sure (s) shuur  
fuchsia (chsi) fuesha  
crescendo (sc) conshendoe  
conscience (sci) conshens  
schist (sch) shist  
nauseous (seo) naushus  
pension (si) penshun  
issue (ss) ishoo  
nation (ti) naeshun  
negotiate (t) negoesheaet  
misson (ssi) mishun  
luxury (x) lucsheri  
anxious (xio) ancshus  
apprecciate (c)  apreeshiaet  
mustache (che) mustash  

t

turtl  
hit (t) hit  
little (tt) litl  
indict (ct) indiet  
asked (ed) askt  
hoped (d) hoept  
det (bt) det  
yacht (cht) yot  
veldt (dt) velt  
receipt (pt) reseet  
thyme (th) tiem  
two (tw) too  
bought (ght) baut  

th

th (the)  

ch

chip  
chip (ch) chip  
niche (che) nich  
cello (c) chelo  
match (tch) mach  
rightious (ght) riechuw  
questions (ti) cweschun  

ue

ue (yoo)  
hue (ue) hue  
feud (eu) fued  
few (ew) fue  
view (iew) vue  
queue (ueue) cue  
fuse (u-e) fuez  
ewe (ewe) ue  
beauty (eau) buety  
fugue (u-ue) fueg  
coupon (ou) cuepon  
vacuum (uu) vacuem  
adieu (ieu) adue  
yule (yu-e) uel  
unit (u) uenit  
debut (ut) debue  
impugnity (ug) impuenity  
yew (yew) ue  
you (ou) ue  

u

up  
cut (u) cut  
love (o-e) luv  
youg (ou) yung  
blood (oo) blud  
does (oe) duz  
judge (u-e) juj  
tongue (o-ue) tung  
brusque (u-ue) brusk  
courageous (eou) ceraejus  

uu

buuk (book)  
pull (u) puul  
wolf (o) wuulf  
could (oul) cuud  
book (oo) buuc  
sure (u-e) shuur  
tour (ou) tuur  
pleurisy (eu) pluurisi  
bouillon (oui) buulyon  

er(ur)(ir)

her  
furnish (ur) fernish  
burr (urr) ber  
blurred (urre) blerd  
curve (ur-e) cerv  
bird (ir) berd  
stirring (irr) stering  
stirred (irre) sterd  
yearn (ear) yern  
learned (ear-e) lernd  
terminal (er) terminal  
err (err) er  
erred (erre) erd  
worm (or) werm'  
wormed (or-e) wermd  
serve (er-e)  serv  
journey (our) jerni  
scourged (our-e) scerjd  
squirm (uir) scwerm  
myrtle (yr) mertl  
myrrh (yrrh) mer  
murmur (ur ur) mermer  
murderer merderer  
girder (ir er) gerder  
learner (ear er) lerner  
herder (er er) herder  
chattering (er) chatering  
freer ® freeer  
liar (ar) lieer  
augur (ur) auger  
elixir (ir) elixser  
haemorrhage (orrh) hemerej  
nature (ure) naecher  
ogre (re) oeger  
martyr (yr) marter  
chauffeur (eur) shoefer  
pursue (ur) persoo  
fir (ir) fer  

v

vaes  

w

werm  
where (wh) wair  
when (wh) wen  
what (wh) wut  

x

x-ray  

y

yarn  

z

zoo  
zip (z) zip  
puzzle (zz) puzl  
fairs (s) fairz  
scissor (ss) sizor  
business (si) biznes  
scores (es) scorz  
raspberry (sp) razberi  
raise (se) raez  
asthma (sth) azma  
czar (cz) zar  
xanthic (x) zanthic  
anxiety (x) angzieiti  
sneeze (ze) sneez  

zh

vizhun (vision)  
azure (z) azher  
pleasure (s) plezher  
vision (si) vizhun  
loggia (gg) loezhia  
recission (ssi) resizhon  
brazier (zi) braezher  
equation (ti) ecwaezhun  
jabot (j) zhabo  
garage (ge) garozh  
regime (g) rezheem  

ng

ring  

nd

round  


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