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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/John481518

spelling test.

You know what is discouraging about this, spelling. I have failed every spelling test I have ever taken. I am dyslexic. The specific manifestation of my dyslexia is vowels. A, e, i, o, u, whatever; just throw one or two of them at it and see what happens. Just go through it one or two or three times and by the end I can vaguely remember the vowel patterns. Please, please, please stop making this a spelling test.

October 26, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/John481518

It's a bit of hell now and gain I suppose. But I'll get through it, I think. Honestly, when I get stumped I just throw the most ludicrous vowel combinations I can think of at it and sometimes it works.

Just as an aside, I couldn't figure out how to spell ludicrous, or vowel for that mater. The spell checker couldn't figure it out either. I had to google them to figure it out. Google is the best spell checker in the world. Thank you Google.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BodgieFift

I am dyslexic to yes the spelling part is a night mare I couldn't do duolingo for a long time because of the spelling part . I have come back to duolingo after learning Irish other ways and am doing better but its still hard . I have emailed a lot of places to see if there is any games or courses for learning Irish especially for dyslexic people but they usually don't get back to me or they say they don't no one day I hope I find something .


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/John481518

GreaserFift, good to meat a fellow sinner. Although there really isn't anything sinful about dyslexia is there? Thank you for your comments. I will be in contact with you via e-mail soon. But not that soon. I am in the middle of something right now. Give me a week or so, if you don't mind.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BodgieFift

Great good to hear .


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MissSpells

Irish spelling is really tricky! Have you tried using the app? For most of the exersices on the app up to crown level four there is a word bank, so you don't have to spell very much, except for on the type what you hear exercises. If you have ios I also found an app 'cód na gaeilge' really helpful in learning the spelling system. I breaks down the patterns into little games.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/John481518

Yeah, I use the word bank almost exclusively now. Oh, and thank you very much. Although it feels like I'm cheating when I use it. But I don't care anymore, I use it. Though, for longer words I have to keep going back and forth. I can only remember 3 or 4 letters at a time, and I usually get one or two of them wrong anyway. Before, I would just get words wrong and have to do them 3 or 4 or more times and then I'd start to remember them. In fact, I think I was learning better that way. But it was so annoying and frustrating that I just can't do it that way anymore. I cheat now. And I'm good with that.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MissSpells

I don't think it is cheating! Everyone learns differently and struggles with different things. I am glad you have found a way that works for you and you have shown a lot of persistance, which to me seems like the opposite of 'cheating'.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DestinySurviver

I'd agree, I'm Irish myself and I even find Irish hard to study, though I am not dyslexic. However, if you want the best results, then my best advice is to study harder. Come up with an effective study method. One that works for me is to write down the word from the page or screen and then get used to spelling it without looking back at the word. It's come in quite useful for studying French, though I don't use it for Irish, though to be fair, I hate Irish as a school subject. Another method that works for me is flashcards. There's an app out there called Anki, which is a flashcard creation tool app which allows you to create flashcards. By using these flashcards, you can create a set of words, particularly you really find difficult to spell and try and familiarize yourself from seeing them and then when do and go and spell them out, then try and remember the word you saw from those flashcards. This really only works if you have somewhat of a photographic memory. But experiment and once you have found a study method you are happy with for revising spellings then stick with it


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/John481518

Thank your very much DestinySurviver. I have heard about the the flash card app. and intend on looking into it soon. But it won't be for spelling, it'll be for vocabulary. I'm never going to learn to spell in Irish. I can't spell in English, my native language. (Although I am getting this vague impression that Irish spelling is somewhat more consistent than English. But anyhow,) It's like a blind man buying a pair of glasses. Ain't gon'a help. I'm missing a chunk of something somewhere. Something was wired wrong, hard wired. I am what I am. And, quit frankly, I'm good with that. I like who I am. I have, by necessity, a different perspective on life that most people. I've been, by necessity, doing things bass ackwards all my life, and, well, it gets me where I need to be. People are confounded by the way I get things done with my "organized" confusion. But I get things done. I've got a graduate degree. I figured out something in English, I'll figure out something in Irish. Might take me longer, and it may not be-most certainly will not be-by the orthodox methodology, but I will get it done. (Please God.) It's been a different journey than most take, and sometimes it's been difficult, but I think it's made me a better man. Not better than anyone else by any means, just a better man.

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