Intermediate Level
Lesson 3
Vocabulary
Grammar
Listening
Dialog
Reading
>Spelling
Dictation
Game

 

Pimsleur All Languages

 

 

Bookmark and Share

Intermediate English
Lesson 3 - People
Spelling

On This Page

 

Spelling in English

I before E except after C

In school children learn a famous phrase to help with a common spelling problem.

"I before E except after C"

In words that have a combination of i and e, usually the i comes before the e, except after the letter c.

ie ei (after c)
believe ceiling
friend deceive
belief        receive
piece perceive
chief deceit

Unfortunately, there are many exceptions to this rule. In words where the combination of letters has a long a sound, e comes before i even if there is no c.

eight
weigh
freight

Some words don't follow any of the rules from above.

weird
neither
foreign

This guide in .pdf.     All of the English Guides

Practice
Select "Correct" if the word is spelled correctly, and "Incorrect" if it is not spelled correctly.

1. belief

2. nieghbor

3. freind

4. peice

5. perceive

6. ceiling

7. chief

8. believe

9. eight

10. conceive

 

 

Recommend Passport to English to your friends!

 

Next
English Dictation Exercise

Click on NEXT to go to the next page in the lesson.