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TRICKY WORD: distil
“I could never figure out whether this word had two l’s at the end. This is because it is often before suffixes that call for a double l (distillery, distilled etc.). Also, the word ‘still’ helps to confuse matters. I learned it by focusing on the final l.”
Alison Duff (53), Victoria Australia
TRICKY WORD: diarrhoea
“One of my tricky words is diarrhoea. Although I don’t need to write it much I know I have to think twice before spelling it. Before spelling it, I say to myself ‘di- arr- ho- e- a’. I also stress the ‘ arr’ to remind myself that there is a double r. I also stress the ‘ho’ and remind myself to look for the hoe. Might sound complicated but after a while it becomes automatic!”
Eva Harrold (52), Speech Pathologist, Healesville Australia
TRICKY WORD: paediatrician
“I learnt to use this word by using it a lot in my work. It is the /ae/ in the first syllable, /ia/ in the second and third syllables and the /ia/ in the fifth, that is tricky. I use the UK spelling.”