Hard Words to Spell in English

What are some words that even Native English speakers misspell ALL the time? Let’s talk about hard words to spell in English! (Hint: One of them has already been mentioned!

Why Are Words so Difficult to Spell in English?

English borrows words from many different languages including French, German, Spanish, Arabic and Latin to name a few. This is because throughout history, English speakers have come into contact with these languages usually through trade or war. To learn more about how the English language came to be as it is today and why we speak English around the world, watch this lesson: 10 Facts – Why English is a Global Language

How We Chose the Top Most Difficult Words to Spell in English

Actually, we aren’t so concerned with words you might only find in the final rounds of an English spelling bee competition. For this lesson, we are focusing on the most common words that are often confusing and misspelled.

Before you wonder where are the longer, even more difficult words like “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” we thought it would be more practical and be a better use of time learning more common words.

Hard and Frequently Used Words in English

Be sure to watch the video lesson for a short and clear explanation of how to remember the spelling of each of these!

Here’s our list:


Clearly, there are many, many more difficult words to spell in English. The English language is notorious for tricky spellings. However, this would be a very long lesson if we included all of them. Therefore, we narrowed it down to the top most used hard words, in our opinion.

How to Remember Difficult Spellings

The most important skill to improve your spelling in English is to learn how to remember the spelling of new, difficult vocabulary words like these.

For example, you might use a rhyme like “‘i’ before ‘e’ except after ‘c'” to remember how to spell “receive.”

You might tell yourself a story like “we don’t want e.coli in our broccoli” to remember how to spell that tricky vegetable.

Finally, you might use a mnemonic device like sounding out the word “Wednesday” exactly as it looks like it sounds (Wed-nes-day), not as it is actually pronounced, in order to remember its correct spelling.

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