English spelling is amazing! I might be one of the few who think that way but given my natural curiosity poems such as The English Lesson by Richard Krogh are just my cup of tea. Having learned English as a Foreign Language myself, my attitude towards English spelling and pronunciation has not always been that positive. Believe me, I have stumbled over words such as plough and enough and twisted my tongue trying to pronounce words such as miscellaneous or onomatopoeia. Nevertheless, I think it is fascinating that the spelling of English words does not correspond with their actual pronunciation.
As fascinating as English spelling and pronunciation can be, it entails immense problems for its speakers and learners. The English Spelling Society states that illiteracy and dyslexia are widely spread among English native speakers. Gina Cooke explains in this illustrative video how to make sense of English spelling. Take a look and have a go with the poem The English Lesson!