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KIS: Kunsistunt Inglish Speling
An alternative approach to reading and spelling English, for learners everywhere
A free smieliet websiet, for fun, for lurnurz CONVENTIONAL SPELLING Short Introduction
Intrudukshin in KIS
Introduction in conventional spelling
ˌɪntrəˈdʌkʃən ɪn aɪ-pi-eɪ (IPA)
Dhu roolz ov KIS
English spelling is difficult. KIS is a gentle approach to spelling, with consistent rules that are easy to learn. It is not an attempt to change the whole language. It is simply a tool for learners of English speaking and listening skills. If you find it useful, use it.
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CONVENTIONAL SPELLING Long Introduction English spelling is a mess. Some say its lack of respect for rules is a starting point of creativity. Maybe, but the fact is that in English the mismatch between writing and speaking, between symbol and sound, is a disaster. It is an obstacle to learning English, whether as a first or second language. There have been many attempts to tidy up the mess. But those have tried to impose discipline across the whole language, requiring every user of English to obey new rules. This is not another such attempt. It is simply an aid to learners who find that conventional 'correct' written English gets in the way of better speaking skill. IPA, the International Phonetic Alphabet, already exists and may help some. It has academic rigor, and is thus extremely useful to academics. But it uses many new symbols. KIS is a gentler approach, using only the conventional alphabet and no new symbols. It gets rid of the redundant letters c and x, and eliminates all of those troublesome double consonants. The letter q, which would otherwise also be redundant, is used for the 'ch' as in qurq (or church). Of course, 'gh' does not feature in KIS, and 'th' is used to signify just one sound, not two. The 'magic e' (as in hat and hate, kit and kite, cut and cute) is reunited with the vowel it modifies (giving hat and haet, kit and kiet, cut and cuet). Most importantly, KIS has rules that are easy to learn and are consistent. Like conventional spelling, KIS does not distinguish between different accents, such as British and American (neither of which, contrary to what most of the textbooks say, is a single way of speaking but is an entire family of regional accents). This does involve some compromise and approximation. KIS does not pretend to be truly phonetic, but merely consistent, and relatively simple. If you find it useful, use it. If not, you can enjoy the 'pleasures' of anarchic conventional spelling or of rigorous but challenging IPA. The choice is entirely yours.
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