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As a language teacher, I found this book to be really interesting. There are so many exceptions to the rules though that make it impractical in the classroom. I teach Adults learning English. If a student is interested in linguistics or is majoring in English, it is useful, but for others, it's too complex.
I'm a foreign student from Taiwan. I was attracted by the book's contents when I was reading the introductory pages. After I bought it and opened it in Kindle reader, I found that there is no table of contents. I have no idea what topics of this book will include. It’s annoying and really difficult to read through. Any fixes of this problem?
This is heavy reading that made my brain tired, but I've just about finished reading this book in only a couple of days. I think it's great to know all the rules of English so I was excited to learn. However, I think this book could be better. It is a little disorganized and not as easy as it should to look things up. Also, I thought I was going to learn all the rules of English spelling, but I still don't know why boat is spelled like that instead of bote and other things like that, maybe because there is no reason. Although the book tried to make it seem like English was logical, I still came away with the thought that English does whatever it wants a lot of the time. *Some* of it is now more logical to me. I did learn when to use ci, ti, and si to make the sh sound, which I thought was pretty useful. I also enjoyed learning about the relationship between "au" and "aw" and when each is usually used.
I think the author could have done a better job with the rules. As you make your way through the book, she highlights a "rule" which sums up what she's explaining in a sentence. For example, she didn't include when to use ci, ti, or si to make the sh sound as a rule, but one of the rules was that when words start with "al" they only have 1 L, which should not be a rule, but rather a "commonly made mistakes tip" or something like that. The book has useful tables of all the english sounds (letter or letters) and the 1 or more sounds that they make. I think if you had your kids memorize these phonograms which she calls them, and most of the rules, it would be good for them. I have no idea if there is a better book out there to explain all of this. The author says herself that there is nothing new here, although the "rules" do seem to be hers (I doubt an English rule is that "al" has 1 L, it seems pretty self explanatory). She says that most people who learn all these rules are people in remedial English and she doesn't understand why.
I guess I'm a little disappointed with the book overall. I came away with some new spelling tools, but I don't feel like I completely understand all the spelling of English.