The MUST-KNOW List of Commonly Misspelled Words

The MUST-KNOW List of Commonly Misspelled Words

Helping your child who has issues with spelling can be a frustrating and arduous task.  To make matters worse, there are 171,476 words in the English language.  How is your child ever going to memorise the spelling of every single word?

If your child still has difficulties with spelling despite you trying out all sorts of methods to help him improve, then you may just want to get your child to rely on brute memory and practice to drill the words in.

In this blog post, we have distilled all the words down to a list of 150 words that are frequently misspelled.

Your child may have to spell these words in the Spelling and Editing section of the English paper, or your child may have to use these words in their composition writing or situational writing.  Whatever it is, your child will benefit from studying these words.

 

You can download the spelling list of frequently misspelled words by clicking the blue button below:

 

How to Use this Spelling List

After you have downloaded the spelling list, do not make your child memorise the spelling of all 150 words at once.  Instead, you can get your child to memorise and practise spelling 10 words per week, over a span of 15 weeks.

Give your child a spelling test based on the 10 words, and if your child is up for a challenge, get him or her to spell words that were previously tested before.  By using this recall method occasionally, the memory of the word’s spelling will remain in your child’s mind for a longer period of time.

As for words that your child misspells during the test, get him to rewrite that word 5-10 times.  Even better, get her to close her eyes and visualise spelling the word out in her mind.  She must be able to see every single letter that is being written in her mind.  This will help activate the visual memory.

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150 Frequently Misspelled Words

  1. absence
  2. accommodate
  3. achieve
  4. acquire
  5. address
  6. advertise
  7. apparent
  8. argument
  9. athlete
  10. beginning
  11. believe
  12. benefit
  13. brilliant
  14. business
  15. calendar
  16. category
  17. ceiling
  18. cemetery
  19. certain
  20. chief
  21. citizen
  22. competition
  23. convenience
  24. criticise
  25. definite
  26. deposit
  27. desperate
  28. develop
  29. dilemma
  30. disappear
  31. disappoint
  32. discipline
  33. embarrass
  34. environment
  35. equipped
  36. exaggerate
  37. exercise
  38. existence
  39. experience
  40. experiment
  41. explanation
  42. familiar
  43. fascinating
  44. foreign
  45. forty
  46. fundamental
  47. generally
  48. government
  49. grammar
  50. guarantee
  51. guidance
  52. happiness
  53. humorous
  54. identity
  55. imaginary
  56. imitation
  57. immediately
  58. incidentally
  59. independent
  60. intelligent
  61. interesting
  62. interfere
  63. interpretation
  64. interruption
  65. invitation
  66. irrelevant
  67. irritable
  68. jealous
  69. judgment
  70. knowledge
  71. laboratory
  72. length
  73. lesson
  74. library
  75. license
  76. loneliness
  77. marriage
  78. mathematics
  79. medicine
  80. miniature
  81. minute
  82. mysterious
  83. naturally
  84. necessary
  85. neighbour
  86. neither
  87. noticeable
  88. occasion
  89. occur
  90. official
  91. often
  92. omission
  93. operate
  94. optimism
  95. original
  96. paid
  97. parallel
  98. particularly
  99. peculiar
  100. perceive
  101. permanent
  102. persevere
  103. personally
  104. persuade
  105. pleasant
  106. political
  107. possess
  108. possible
  109. prejudice
  110. presence
  111. privilege
  112. probably
  113. professional
  114. psychology
  115. quantity
  116. quiet
  117. quit
  118. quite
  119. realise
  120. receive
  121. recognise
  122. recommend
  123. reference
  124. religious
  125. repetition
  126. restaurant
  127. rhythm
  128. ridiculous
  129. sacrifice
  130. scissors
  131. secretary
  132. separate
  133. shining
  134. similar
  135. sincerely
  136. strength
  137. succeed
  138. successful
  139. surely
  140. surprise
  141. temperature
  142. temporary
  143. thorough
  144. through
  145. truly
  146. twelfth
  147. unusual
  148. using
  149. usually
  150. weird

You can download the spelling list of frequently misspelled words by clicking the blue button below: