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Spelling Strategy No 4: Breaking words into syllables
Spelling strategy No 4: Breaking words into syllables
To help you spell long words you can break them down into syllables.
This means you break them down into little spoken chunks and each chunk is called a syllable.
Each syllable usually has a vowel in it: advertisement = ad / ver / tise / ment
Say ‘qualification’ aloud. Listen to the way it breaks into syllables: qua / li / fi / ca / tion (5 syllables)
ass/is/tant (3 syllables)
or/ gan /i / sa/ tion (5 syllables)
Breaking words into syllables also helps you remember the silent letter(s) in the word. Let's look at Wednesday with that horrible silent 'd' in there.
We say ‘wens day’ but spell it Wed/nes/day.
When you need to spell it say it slowly and exaggerated, Wed / nes / day, and you'll be able to spell it every time
When you break a word down into syllables it helps you see the part of the word you need work on.
Look at the following words and how we break them down.
Check the suffixes – the endings of words in the following:–tion, –ment, -ly, -ture, -ingLearning suffix endings can help your visual memory for what looks right.- ture ad/ven/ture fu/ture tem/pe/ra /ture-ly faith/ful/ly grate/ful/ly
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