Understanding Spelling in English: A mini-course of drills

Understanding what people are saying when they spell words FAST
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Rating: 4.7 out of 5 (28 ratings)
2,635 students
1hr of on-demand video

Understand when someone quickly spells a word to you in English. Even if you're not a native speaker.
Be able to clearly spell a word out loud for someone, and be understood the first time.
Drill many letter combinations so that they can be understood and spoken easily.
Understand how different letters connect together when spoken quickly.
See letters broken down into categories you didn't know existed in order to understand the logic of how letters run together when spoken quickly.


  • No experience necessary and no course requirements. Even if you don't speak English, you can listen and repeat the drills out loud. If you are an advanced speaker of English, this course will still greatly improve your ability to understand words that are spelled out loud quickly. It will also strengthen your understanding of word connection in English.


Have you ever noticed how quickly people spell in English? This mini-course takes the mystery out of how people spell and why it can be so difficult to understand them. By using the interactive drills (you must listen and repeat out loud!), you will not only be able to understand the words that people are spelling, you'll be able to say spelled words yourself in a way that flows naturally and is easy to understand. The drills are useful not just for this specific goal, but for general English comprehension, clear speech, and accent reduction.

Eric Thal is a professional actor in film, television, and stage. He has worked as an acting coach and speech and accent reduction teacher for over 15 years. His teaching material includes Accent Reduction: The Eric Thal Way -- a course that examines the sounds of English. This mini-course targets a very specific topic that he has discussed with some of his private clients -- how difficult it is to understand when people spell a word quickly. This detail is important, because it is not uncommon for someone to spell a word -- either if they are not being understood, or to provide exact information, such as their first or last name or a street name.

The mini course is made up of short interactive drills. Listen and repeat out loud and you should notice a shift in your understanding and abilities immediately.  A quick, fun, and informative course! The first five quick videos explain some concepts, including the reason spoken spelled words sound the way they do, and instructions on how to understand and get the most out of the drills. The rest of the course is made up of short drills -- designed with precision to quickly get you understanding and speaking these letter combinations and sounds.

Who this course is for:

  • This course is intended for learners who want to improve their ability to speak and understand spoken English. It very specifically breaks down and provides drills for one concept: what happens when someone spells a word (such as their name or street name) out loud. It is appropriate for very advanced speakers of English who are interested in greater comprehension and accent reduction. It is also appropriate for complete beginners to English.


Performace and Speech Coach
Eric Thal
  • 4.8 Instructor Rating
  • 41 Reviews
  • 2,672 Students
  • 2 Courses

Professional actor; acting, performance, speech, and accent reduction coach.

Eric Thal's professional acting career started when he was cast opposite Melanie Griffith in Sidney Lumet's "A Stranger Among Us." in 1991. After years of working in film and television and on stage, he began teaching English speech and accent reduction, as well as coaching actors, and in the mid-2000s founded AEM Accent Reduction in New York City. After more than 15 years working as a private coach with students from all over the world, he spent one year developing an audio and text course to teach pronunciation of the Vowels and Consonants of American English (Accent Reduction The Eric Thal Way: Course One -- Sound and Word Drills). He then spent an additional year expanding the Vowels element of the text and audio course into a video course, supplementing the drills with on camera instruction, and an explanation of the spelling rules in English, as well as the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA).

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