Simplified Spelling Reform - American Literacy Council
Simplified Spelling Reform - American Literacy Council
American Literacy Council - Non-Profit Innovators in Education Since 1876
Simplified Spelling Reform - American Literacy Council Simplified Spelling Reform - American Literacy Council

English Without Limits

Welcome to English Without Limits, an immersion English course for beginners. The course is meant to teach enough English to join a first grade class. First grade is the very first year of school, and students are usually six years old. But older children and adults can use it too, because beginning English is the same for everyone.

There are two versions of the course, one in regular English and the other using reformed spelling. This version is in reformed spelling and is free; the other is at English Without Limits and costs $199 for DVD's of the course.

Reformed spelling means that we write the words the way they sound, as most languages do. But regular English writes words as they were said hundreds of years ago, or in other languages, or as someone wrote them by mistake. It is the worst spelling in the world. When you hear a word you do not know how to spell it and when you see a word written you do not know how to pronounce it. The problem is so bad a teacher wrote a poem about it, a very long poem filled with words that are spelled alike and should sound like – but they do not!

Dearest creature in creation,
Study English pronunciation.
I will teach you in my verse
Sounds like corpse, corps, horse, and worse.
I will keep you, Suzy, busy,
Make your head with heat grow dizzy.
Tear in eye, your dress will tear.
So shall I! Oh hear my prayer.

You see, busy should sound like Suzy – bisy Sizy or busy Suzy – but the words are different – bizzy Suzy. (And the "s" in "busy" is pronounced "z".) Worse still, busy rhymes with dizzy, which is spelled in a completely different way! This is typical – English spelling is a mess!

Therefore looking at words spelled in regular English is a terrible way to learn English, because the spellings make you say everything wrong.

For this reason we use a rational, consistent reformed spelling system to teach you how to speak. At the end of the course we change to regular spelling by using DoubleLine – lines of regular English with lines of reformed spelling under them. You read the regular line until you come to a crazy word, then look below it to see the way it is said:

I will keep you Suzy busy
I wil keep you Suzy bizy

In this way, after you have learned how the words are pronounced, you can learn to read regular English.

We are making 150 videos, though only 75 are finished now. But you can use those 75. We hope you enjoy them, and we hope you learn a lot.

Why Learn English?

English is the key to a free education, even through college and graduate school.

Many excellent universities have put free courses by their best lecturers on the Internet. In some cases you can even take tests and, if you pass, get credit towards a degree. Some courses at the high school level are available at Annenberg Learner. For grades 1 to 9 there is less, but Khan Academy has many good courses in mathematics, English, etc. More are available every year. But only in English. If you learn English first, then the rest of the world of education is free.

English is also the most widely spoken language in the world, spoken by most travelers and businessmen. If you speak Farsi and go to Korea you may find no one who speaks your language, but most people speak English so if you can too, you can talk to them.

With English you can have a free education and the whole world opens up to you.

Lessons ("Lesonz")

 

Simplified Spelling Reform - American Literacy Council
Simplified Spelling Reform - American Literacy Council
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