Tips for Remembering How to Spell Wednesday and Other Tricky Words


Tips to remember how to spell Wednesday and other tricky words
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Some words are tricky to spell even when you’re an adult, so imagine being a young learner trying to remember all those spelling rules. The old adage “rules were made to be broken” is certainly true when it comes to spelling rules.

“I before e except after c” is usually true – except for word like weird, heist, and feisty.

And, some words are just plain difficult to spell. Try these tips to help your students remember how to spell some commonly confused words.

How to Spell Wednesday

One of the easiest ways for remembering how to spell Wednesday is to break it down into it’s individual syllables – Wed nes day. Pronounce it “Wed NEZ day” in your mind so that you don’t forget the d in the first syllable or the e in the second.

Another trick is to use a mnemonic memory device. A mnemonic device is a technique to improve one’s ability to remember something. A common mnemonic trick is to create an acronym with the beginning letter of each word. For example, a mnemonic device for remembering the planets might be, “My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nachos.” This helps us to remember Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune.

Try these mnemonic devices to help you remember how to spell Wednesday or make up one of your own:

“WE Do Not Eat Sandwiches on WednesDAY” or “WE Do Not Eat Soup DAY.”

How to Spell Weird

The best way to remember how to spell weird is keeping in mind that it’s a weird word because it doesn’t follow the “I before e except after c” rule.

If that doesn’t help, try this trick for remembering how to spell it:

We are weird. We is the beginning of weird.

How to Spell Niece

Niece nicely follows the "i before e, except after c" rule; but it can still be confusing. Here is a tip to help you remember how to spell "niece."

My niece is nice. Ni is the beginning of nice and ni is the beginning of niece.

It may also help to remember that niece is spelled like piece, so make up a sentence using those two words to help you remember. Try something like, “My niece ate a piece of pie.”

How to Spell Renaissance

I could never remember how to spell renaissance until someone told me to remember: “Rena is sance.” Because my step-mother’s name is Rena, I’ve been able to remember it that way ever since.

How to Spell Dessert

Dessert is tricky because it seems that it would only have one s, making the e a long vowel sound, while desert would need two s’s to avoid the same. I remember this one simply be remembering that it’s the opposite of what its spelling would seem to be. If that doesn’t help, try these tricks:

Dessert is twice as good as the desert.

Strawberry Shortcake = dessert and Sahara = desert

How to Spell Beautiful

One homeschool mom said she remembers how to spell beautiful because, after misspelling it time and again as a girl, her 3rd grade teacher told her, "It is important to 'be a beautiful' girl inside and out. Beautiful begins with be a.”

You might also try a mnemonic device such as “Big Elephants Are Under Trees In Forests Until Light” or make up one of your own.

How to Spell Accommodate

Remember that accommodate is a big enough word to accommodate two c’s and two m’s.

How to Spell Separate

Many people misspell separate because of the a's and e's in the word. An easy way to remember to spell separate is to remember that there is "a rat" in the middle of the word.

sep a rat e

How to Spell Together

As a young student just learning to spell, I always remembered how to spell together by breaking it down to “to get her.”

There are many tricky words on the English language and spelling rules don’t always apply. If your student (or you!) always has a particular word or two that prove challenging, try these tricks, a mnemonic device, or even a rhyme to help you remember.