I before E?
Is there a rule I could go by to know when I put the I before the E and when it's the other way around?
I find it frustrating that I keep on making the simple spelling mistakes when I know the word, but can't remember if it's an "ie" or and "ei".
ie is a long i (iiiihhhhhhh, a spider!) ei basically sounds like the english i. there are no rules associated with those, as they make completely different sounds and usually dont get confused (by germans, at least ^^). quite frankly, i think it'd be more logical to spell "ei" as "ai" and "ie" as "ih" (h stretches the vocal before it, in german). tl;dr: turn on your mic, and memorize and recognize the pronunciation