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Learn the English Alphabet from A to Z!

Learning to speak a new language is exciting; learning to write a new language is even more exciting! It will open new worlds for you. So, dig into these tips and advice for learning how to master the English alphabet easily - at EnglishClass101 we make it easy, fun and relevant for you!

Starting anything from scratch can be challenging, especially if you learn how to write in a language completely different from your own. It is really like navigating through a territory that is completely unknown to you.

However, this need not be a big hurdle or a problem! At EnglishClass101, we introduce you to English writing in simple, easy-to-follow steps, and you can ask for advice or help anywhere along the way. It is important to master the English alphabet completely from the start.

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Introduction to English Writing

Introduction

The English writing system uses the Latin alphabet, otherwise known as the Roman alphabet. There are twenty-six letters in total, which consist of twenty-one consonants and the five vowels -a, -e, -i, -o, and -u. Each letter has two forms: the uppercase and the lowercase. Technically, we do not use diacritics in English.

English has words from many different languages, including French, Greek, and Latin. We can see this in the orthography of many English words. English does follow a phonemic rule; however, because of these different influences, the rules are complex to learn and follow. That is why the spelling is not always the same for the same pronunciation.

Also, the Great Vowel Shift that took place between 1400-1700 accounts for spelling and pronunciation discrepancies. There are several theories as to why there was so much change in vowels during this time period. One theory states that, due to the fact that many immigrants had to communicate with one another, English speakers had to adjust their speech so that they could understand.

English Alphabet Chart

Alphabet

Are you hoping to learn the English language? A great way to get started is to learn the English alphabet. How quickly you learn all 26 of these letters will depend on your native language. People from countries in which Germanic, Latin or Romanic languages are primarily spoken may have an easier time learning English. However, no matter what your native tongue, you will be able to speak and comprehend English as long as your practice often.

The English alphabet is made up of 5 vowels and 21 consonants. The 5 vowels are a, e, i, o and u. The following lists include the 5 vowels of the English language as well as the 21 consonants. You will notice that each letter can be written as a capital “large letter,” or a “small letter.”

Capital Letter Small Letter
A a
B b
C c
D d
E e
F f
G g
H h
I i
J j
K k
L l
M m
N n
O o
P p
Q q
R r
S s
T t
U u
V v
W w
X x
Y y
Z z

To learn how each letter is pronounced, it is important to listen to a native English speaker. Keep in mind that it will be very difficult to understand English speakers in conversation at first. If you are new to the English language, consider listening to an English language podcast designed to teach beginners the English language. This will help you to learn how to pronounce each individual letter correctly. From there, you will be able to branch out with more advanced English lessons.

Beginning with , and then moving on to English words will help you to take a step-by-step approach so that you don’t become overwhelmed with the task of learning a new language. The most effective way to is to apply a variety of methods, including lessons that teach English writing, speaking, and comprehension skills.

Once you have mastered the English alphabet, you will have the building blocks that you need to understand more advanced lessons. Use an English dictionary to build upon your vocabulary, listen to podcasts to learn English accents, and have fun with the process of learning the most widely spoken language in the world. Knowing how to speak and understand English will open up many opportunities for you and will, therefore, expand your life experiences.

Why is Learning the English Alphabet Important?

AlphabetA language’s alphabet is its building blocks. Trying to learn how to write in English without first learning its alphabet is a bit like trying to build a brick house without touching the individual bricks! It is impossible to do a good job that way. So don’t believe language schools and methods that try to teach you otherwise. You will regret it later.

Also, once you start recognizing symbols and words, you will be encouraged by your own progress and motivated to learn even faster. Even just learning the basics of the alphabet will allow you to start recognizing simple English words, and it will feel great!

Furthermore, knowing the alphabet even helps with pronunciation, as learning the individual letters of any language will start uncovering nuances and intricacies that are not always apparent when you’re simply listening to the words.

Completely mastering the English alphabet, no matter how long it takes, will give you an excellent head start in learning how to write and read the language. It will offer you a solid foundation on which to build the other language skills, so set a goal to learn the alphabet so well that you’re able to recite it in your sleep!

Read on for helpful tips and secrets to learning the English alphabet quickly and effectively.

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Secrets to Learning the English Alphabet Fast

SecretWith a language, like with anything you have to learn from scratch, having a few mnemonic devices handy are key to learning it fast. A mnemonic device is basically any method or technique that helps you to retain or commit something to memory more easily.

Here are a few mnemonic devices to memorize the English alphabet so you can speed up learning how to write in English.

① Find and Learn an Alphabet Song or Poem in English

Can you still remember your childhood alphabet song in your own language? The best way to commit it to memory so you can recite it is still your mom or first teacher’s way - with music, a song and/or a poem! Find a recording and learn to sing the song, or recite the poem along as best as you can. Ask your EnglishClass101 teacher to help you understand exactly what you are singing or saying, and soon you’ll have reciting the alphabet under your belt! Repeat it out loud as often as possible.

However, you still need to learn how to write it.

② Study a Few Letters At a Time

Remember when you were young and learning to write for the first time? You didn’t start with words or sentences; you started with letters, one at a time!

Decide on tackling only a few letters each week, and then don’t move on from these till you are completely familiar with them. Don’t take on too many at once, or you may become discouraged. Also, remember to ask your teacher at EnglishClass101 if you have questions!

Learn to incidentally spot the letters in books, road signs (If you’re living in the country), magazines, on TV, anywhere you encounter written English. Remember to write them out!

③ Write Out the Letters of the Alphabet By Hand

Make it a goal to write out your week’s letters at least once a day, and commit to this goal. You can also do it every time you have a free moment. Get yourself a special notebook for this purpose that you can carry with you anywhere you go. Sitting on the train or bus? Waiting for someone somewhere? Whip out your notebook and write the English alphabet, or the letters you are learning. Aim for about 20 repetitions, while silently saying the letter in your head as you write it out. This way, you will soon be able to form and write words all by yourself! Exciting, isn’t it?

Writing something down with a pen also seems to engrave it in the brain in a way that nothing else does. As an added benefit, it gives you the satisfaction of seeing a new language in your own writing!

Once you’ve mastered the whole alphabet, commit to writing it out in its entirety at least once a day, for at least one month. More repetitions are obviously better.

④ Involve Your Whole Body

Research has shown that the more senses and actions we use to learn something, the quicker the new information sticks in the memory and becomes habitual. To apply this principle while learning the English alphabet, write out huge letters by tracing them in the soil, or with chalk on the floor. Now, while saying the letter out loud, walk on the lines you have just traced. In this way, you ‘write’ the letter by moving your whole body!

Having fun just makes it even easier to learn something, so why not ‘write’ the letters out with dance steps while moving to your favorite English music!

This is a simple trick that seems silly, but you’ll be surprised how quickly you will commit intricate letters to memory this way. It really works!

⑤ Use Associations To Memorize Letters

This technique would involve saying the English letter out loud, and then thinking of a word in your own language that sounds the same as the letter. That would then create a phonic association that should make it easier for you to remember the letter. Better even if the association is something you can draw or picture.

If the script of the new alphabet is very different from your own, look at it closely, and see if you can find an image that the letter reminds you of

⑥ Now Have Fun Trying To Write Words!

Try to write words from your own language in English, and ask your friendly EnglishClass101 teachers for feedback! Or post them on the forum and see if anyone can read them. You will be so pleased with yourself when you start writing words that are readable and recognizable by native speakers.

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