English Spelling Keeps Becoming Simpler

This morning, I woke up early to write curriculum. As I am creating the spelling lists, I have been investigating words further. Each list teaches a rule and also practices the new phonograms.

This morning I began to investigate words that end in UE. In Uncovering the Logic of English, all my examples were words ending in the long U sound. I am so amazed by what I just discovered and how it solves a few words I didn't even realize I still didn't know how to spell or why.

First, here is a list of the words ending with the long U sound or /oo/ spelled with U silent final E.

  1. accrue
  2. ague
  3. argue
  4. avenue
  5. barbecue
  6. blue
  7. clue
  8. construe
  9. detinue
  10. flue
  11. fondue
  12. glue
  13. hue
  14. rescue
  15. residue
  16. retinue
  17. revenue
  18. slue
  19. sprue
  20. statue
  21. subdue
  22. sue
  23. true
  24. value
  25. venue
  26. virtue

Now here are 11 words, most of which I found difficult to spell. These are all ending in QU, with it saying its advanced sound /k/. Since English words do not end in U, an E is added!

  1. antique
  2. arabesque
  3. baroque
  4. basque
  5. boutique
  6. brusque
  7. burlesque
  8. grotesque
  9. oblique
  10. pique
  11. unique

Here are 9 words ending in the phonogram GU. I added this phonogram to Dr. Orton's original 70 phonograms. I did not realize how valuable this is at the end of the word. Each of these words ends in the sound /g/ spelled with the phonogram GU, which means they each need a Silent Final E.

  1. analogue
  2. colleague
  3. demagogue
  4. dialogue
  5. fatigue
  6. league
  7. plague
  8. vague
  9. vogue

Since I struggled for many years, including my time in grad school, with spelling, finding patterns like these make me so excited. English spelling really is not that difficult. Sure there are a number of options and a few places we need to memorize. But we do not need to rote memorize every word. There are reasons and patterns.

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