Spell it like it sounds?

If somebody asks "How do you spell hot?" You might answer, "As it sounds", meaning it's phonetically very regular. But it depends who's saying hot. The way a North American says it may be very different to the way a southern English person says it for example. And many learners of English find it difficult to distinguish individual sounds precisely, especially vowels.

But does anyone have as much trouble spelling something 'as it sounds' as this policeman:



Waht Can Teatchers Do to Halp Bor Spillers?

This Saturday, 17th October, I'm giving a presentation about teaching spelling (of course!), called

"Waht Can Teatchers Do to Halp Bor Spillers?"

at the BELTE conference, in Brighton UK.

If you're coming, do come and say hello.