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

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".

August 23, 2012

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

Yep, the easiest way to remember spelling is to say the word out loud. If it sounds like the letter E, E goes last: "ie". If it sounds like I, I goes last: "ei".


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

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


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

Thanks for the l;r part. I barely noticed the different sounds, and I was wondering how I could tell the difference.

BTW, I totally forgot I turned off my mic.


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

haha, and i mixed up speakers and mic. well, you get it :)


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

O, I had the speakers on. I guess I still need to listen better. :)

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