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Do you have any spelling tips?


A 13-year-old girl has won a national American spelling contest when she rattled off the letters to spell out Laodicean.

Kavya wrote out every word on the palm of her hand letter by letter to help her stay concentrated.

So that made us think, do you have a special way to remember the spelling of words?

Do you know any good tips, like Big Elephants Can't Always Use Small Exits to remember how to spell the word because?

Maybe your teacher has taught you a cool way at school?

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Your comments

"Remember: say it before you spell it."

Larv, 13, Cheshire, England

"If you split up words, like mushroom, into two words, mush and room, or split them into as many words as you can, it makes it easier to spell and would be easier to memorise. Reading anything (newspaper, books, cereal boxes, letters etc.) regularly also helps hard words to be memorised in your head."

Sindurii, 11, Oxfordshire, England

"LACAWAC! It means Look And Cover And Write And Check. My other tip is read lots of books and if you don't know what a word means, look it up in a dictionary, memorise the spelling and what it means and then you can use it whenever you want!"

Miranda, 9, Glasgow, Scotland

"I think that it is easier to memorise the words that you have trouble with and then have someone quiz you on it!"

Samantha, 12, Madison, USA

"The way I remember how to spell words is I write them down many times, and I keep writing them down until I remember how to spell them in my mind. it doesn't work for everyone because everyone has a different way to remember things, this is just my way."

Selin, 13, USA

"Read read read!!! If you read like me, you will start to see certain words often and automatically learn how to spell them. It works for me!"

Ella, 11, Surrey, England

"My tip is reading. I read a LOT and am champion speller in my class. Also to write the word down all the different ways you think it's spelt."

Eleasha, 10, West Yorkshire, England

"One tip is to look, cover, write, check! This comes in handy when you need to remember things."

Tara-Jade, 12, Staffordshire, England

"Big Elephants Cause Accidents Under Small Elephants spells 'because'. Also, 'said' can be spelt Seven Ants In Disguise!"

Jenny, 11, Surrey, England

"Sound the word out and then try saying it whole."

Molly, 9, Devon, England

"When I need to learn how to spell a new word, I look at it and remember how it looks. Trust me, it helps!"

Faeqa, 11, London, England

"Look at the word you want to spell, then write it down and keep copying it until you know it by heart. I am really good at spelling so I don't use that but it is really useful for those who struggle."

Georgia, 12, Leicestershire, England

"B, E, A, UTIFUL = Beautiful. Sound the letters out in your head!"

Samia, 12, Devon, England

"When I was in year four my whole class found it hard to spell 'Beautiful'. We learnt a rhyme: Bears eat apples under trees if found under leaves."

Laine, 13, West Yorkshire, England

"My tip is to read lots of books because it's like it's telling you how to spell the words."

Katie, 11, Manchester, England

"I always remember words by making them sound silly. That way I remember them better!"

Stetzii, 13, Norfolk, England

"Rhythm Helps Your Two Hips Move: if you take the first letter of each word, it spells Rhythm!"

Abby, 13, Devon, England

"Smell Monkeys All Life Long = Small."

Samantha, 14, Hertfordshire, England

"Necessary: one collar and two sleeves, good if you're wearing a polo shirt at school!"

Adam, 10, Telford, England

"Just close your eyes and pretend you're in your living room practicing with your Mum/Dad."

Cody, 10, Georgia, USA

"My mum taught me this: Betty Eats Cakes And Uses Six Eggs to spell 'Because'. It's always been really helpful to me, and now I never forget how to spell because."

Felicity, 11, London, England

"To get her = together."

Ella, 12, London

"Sally and I danced = said."

Lee, 9, Manchester, England

"Big Emilys Can Always Understand Small Emilys = Because. I find a rhyme and keep practising it and say it over and over."

Emily, 11, UK

"One collar and two socks. This helps me work out how many s's and c's there are in necessary."

Amy, 12, London, England

"I am naturally good at spelling. In our weekly school spelling tests I always get them all right!"

Aisling, 12, Ireland

"I try to either make up a little tune such as 'Mrs B, Mrs E, Mrs A-U-T, Mrs I, Mrs F-U-L' which spells beautiful or just acronyms like 'big elephants always understand small elephants' which if you take the first letters spells because."

Holly, 10, Derbyshire, England

"Practice makes perfect so get a friend or parent to test you with spellings and always be ready to learn the correct answers!"

Hannah, 11, London, England

"B=big E=elephants C=can A=always U=understand S=small E=elephants."

Matthew, 10, Surrey, England

"1. A friend sticks to the end. 2. I before E except after C (and weird because it's a strange word) 3. Never believe a lie (lie is in the middle)."

Wendy, 7, Hertfordshire, England

"I couldn't spell but my teacher said that saying the words might help me."

Ethan, 10, London, England

"Find rhymes to help you remember the words and keep going over the spelling of the word in your head - it helps."

Jasmine, 13, UK

"I always thought the tip from the film Matilda was a good one: Mrs D, Mrs I, Mrs FFI, Mrs C, Mrs U, Mrs LTY! Difficulty."

James, 12, Surrey, England

"This is how I remember to spell friend: I have a friend to the end. If you take the first word that is the "I" then take the last word "end" put them together and you get "iend" then add the "fr" in front of "iend" and you get friend."

Dylan, 14, Glasgow, Scotland

"Big Elephants Can Always Use Small Exits - Because!"

Kara, 12, Scotland

"Never eat cheese eat salad sandwiches and remain young - it spells necessary!"

Johanna, 12, Lausanne, Switzerland

"Auntie Lucy's Amazing Blueberries Attract Moths Always spells Alabama. Truly random - I know!"

Belle, 10, England

"Big Elephants Can Always Understand Small Elephants spells because."

Naomi, 12, Manchester, England

"I make dances to words! Mostly definitions for my science tests."

Emmi, 12, Prague, Czech Republic

"Friends until the end - so that you remember which way around i and e go because end is always at the end of the word."

Abby, 13, Devon, England

"I am naturally a quite good speller. Luckily, I always have been!!"

Danielle, 12, County Durham, England

"Sound out the word in your head and if you are allowed to write it down, write it down to learn it."

Charley, 11, London, England

"I before E, except after C."

David, 12, Leicester, England

"My spelling tips are sound the words out in your head and phonetics also helps."

Zainab, 11, New York, USA

"To spell the word because, use this sentence: Blind Elephants Can't Add Up Sums Easily. Take the first letter of each word and it spells because!"

Robert, 12, Worthing, England

"Bunnies Eat Carrots Aand Uncle Sam's ears spells because."

Kirsty, 9, Cheshire, England

"Oh, U, Lucky, Duck - the first letter of each word spells the end of words, such as, could, should, would etc!"

Elli, 12, Devon, England

"Five pupils in my class had trouble with spelling the word beautiful. Then my teacher showed me this trick to spell the word: Butterflies Eat Apples Under Trees In France Under Leaves, you take the first letter of each word and it spells beautiful."

Betty, 9, London, England

"I'm naturally quite good at spelling. I'm lucky."

Lucy, 12, UK