|This website (sponsored by the Scripps National Spelling Bee in cooperation with Merriam-Webster) offers free spelling exercises that are interesting and challenging. When you get to the website, you'll see a brief introduction and a menu on the left side bar entitled "Words From" that include:
Click on any one and a new page opens with a brief explanation and a list of "Study Words." Click on a "study word" and a new page opens in the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary with audio pronunciations. You'll find the word's function (part of speech), etymology, definition, and synonyms.
- Asian Languages
- Slavic Languages
- Old English
- New World Languages
Some words have a "dialog bubble" that contains a spelling tip for that word. Click on "Challenge Words" to find an assortment of more difficult spelling words. Click on "Now You Try" to participate in an interactive exercise to challenge your knowledge of words, parts of words, word roots, and knowledge of spelling rules and exceptions. Wordsmiths and spellers will gleefully spend hours here testing their skills. There is a function that allows you to print out the spelling words to practice offline too.
Back on the home page, you'll also see "Words You Need to Know." You'll find the following lists: frequently misspelled words, homonyms often misused, and commonly confused words.