Learning to read a new way

Phonics, whole word and whole language have their problems.

Here is a new way, with a Fast Track Reader

Updated 7.4.2011

vy's New Literacy Lessons

1.   a. 44 sounds. Sing slowly. Hear sounds in words.

b.    Sound blending of the 44 sounds in words. Dictionaries with a Spelling Pronunciation Gide, turning into the Spelling ABC Gide beginners can use.

2.   36 words learnt by rote

3.   Lern to spel. Grammar and morfemes.

4.   Lern to read. Variants for 11 vowels and 7 consonants.

5.   Reading TO. Words not in the sceme can be markd.


1. a. Read the dictionary's 44 sounds and their spellings.
A picture chart of 41 sounds for beginners shows the shapes of the letters in pictures of the words.

b. Say these words.  Then say or read them in sentences, if u like. (No need to write them.)

b as in bat bet bib bob but (bat cat fat hat mat pat rat sat vat )
c as in cat cot cut  (can fan man pan ran tan van ) k as in keg kit
d as in dab deb dib dog dub  (dog fog hog jog log)
f as in fat fed fig fob fun  (fig big dig gig pig rig wig)
g as in  gas get gig got gut (gas has )
h as in hat hen hit hot hug (hug bug dug jug lug mug pug rug tug)
j as in jam jet jig jog jug (jam dam ham )
k as in keg kit  (kit bit fit hit lit pit sit wit zit)
l as in lag leg lid lot lug,  (leg beg keg peg )
m as in man men mid mop mud  (man ban can fan pan ran tan van )
n as in nan net nib not nut  (not cot dot got hot jot lot pot rot tot )
p as in pat pet pig pop pup (pop cop hop lop mop sop top )
r as in ran red rig rot rug (bed fed led wed )
s as in sat set sit sob sun (bun fun gun nun pun run tun )
t as in tap ten tin top tug (ten den hen men pen )
v as in van vet vim (vet bet get jet let met net pet set wet yet)   
w as in wag wet win  (win bin din pin  tin )
y as in yam yes yon yum (yes yet)
 z as in zig-zag,

a as in hat,
e as in get
i as in sit if
o as in top
u as in cup
-   -   -   -   -   -   -

à as in baby latent patent maker
è as in medium
ì as in mild child wild
ò as in gold sold hold bold cold fold
ù as in music usual cupid stupid

Two-letter vowel sounds
as in bazaar kraal
ar as in bar far car mar
er (unstressed) and ur (stressed) as in perturb
air as in hair fair stair lair pair chair
au as in taut autm cauldron haul maul
 or as in corn or for morn lord cord

ou as in out bout lout rout sour dour flour
oi as in boil toil soil moil foil
oo as in boot too moon soon woo toot root fool
(uu as in buuk)

Two-letter consonant sounds
ch  as in chap chip chop (chip dip hip kip lip nip pip rip sip tip ship)
sh as in shed ship shop shut (shop chop cop hop lop mop pop sop
th as in that then this (thing ding ping ring sing wing)
ng as in song thong bong dong gong long pong
nk as in thank link plank honk wink sink rink rank
(zh as in mezhur)

bled fled clod 
shred crop drop prop drag flag
stop step
golf gulf gold sold filch
nest most pest crust lest
march church
hush lash wish crush

2. Lern to read these irregular words. Say them aloud, but u need not know how to spell them. They make up 12% of everyday text!

Almost always all ants are small.

Some come.  Know half of it off.

Once only one other ostrich. 

They and their two and yours too.

Pull push put.

Always ask, why and what, who wanted it and where was it.

(-ion,- tion,- sion) Onion and fiction and mansion  Opinion and action and tension


3.Speling without traps. One way to spel everything exept the 36 wurds, or an alternativ for diacritics if nesessary

It includes grammar, units of meaning and consistent spellings for final vowels.

Cats and dogs are children’s pets.

Cats and dogs jumpd and bounded.

Consistent spellings for final vowels help clarify morfemes - Pity banana me bee alibi go emu bake saw cow boy too

When diacritics arenot possible, ‘silent e’ tactic can help out -  Make mete mite mote mute

4. Reading without  traps.  Sometimes there are choices between vairiants but far less than at present. 

Allow up to 3 vairiant spellings for  7 consonants.

c as in circus,

 g as in garage,

s as in suns,

y as in my yabby,

 th as in this and that,

ch as in child, chemist & charade, and

 z as in zoo, vision

Allow up to 5 vairiant spellings for 11 vowels, (including final vowels in brackets)

A = make maids baby (play)  = 4

E = mete beat meet medium (me) = 4

I  =mite night  find (alibi)  = 3

O = mote boat gold (go) = 3

U =mute  new emu (all of these)  = 3

i = pity = 2

ar = banana cart bazaar (banana car bazaar) = 3

er= er ur (er ar or ir ur) = 5

or/aw = or aw au  (aw/or) 3

ow = round (cow) = 2

oy = noisy (boy) = 2

Silent e lengthens the preceding vowel, as in make mete mite mote mute. So, ence or –ance, etc depends upon short or long preceding vowel, as in dependant silence able. Other suffixes –able = ableto.

Doubled consonants show short vowels or stressed syllables or both, as in carrot berry stirrup horrid curry umbrella, committee. ck= doubled k.

Obscure schwa vowels in casual speech are spelled as in formal speech, and are not followed by doubled consonants, e.g. comittee, acommodate. Casual articulation naturally slurs spellings such as special, picture and question.

Not changed -Very exotic spellings, mostly French, such as bourgeois, bouquet, and personal and place names. These can be written in italics or underlined.

Homophones -Only homophones shown by research to be confusable, such as two/to/too are not homographs. Most are not noticed, e.g sound, show, even, still.

Dicshonry Gìd

Lern to spel

Lern to read

Traditional spelling

Wun too

One two

One two

One two

Bukl mi shù

Bukl mi shu

Buckl my shu

Buckle my shoe

Thrè for

Thre for

Three four

Three four

Tap at the dor

Tap at the dor

Tap at the dor

Tap at the door

Fìv siks

Fiv siks      

Five six

Five six

Pik up stiks

Pik up stiks

Pick up sticks

Pick up sticks

Seven àt

Seven ate

Seven ait

Seven eight

Là them stràt

Lay them strate

Lay them strait

Lay them straight

Nìn ten

Nine ten

Nine ten

Nine ten

A big fat hen

A big fat hen

A big fat hen

A big fat hen

Eleven twelv

Eleven twelv

Eleven twelv

Eleven twelve

Dig and delv

Dig and delv

Dig and delv

Dig and delve

Thertèn fortèn

Thertene fortene

Thirteen forteen

Thirteen fourteen

Màdz a corting

Mades a corting

Maids a corting

Maids a courting

Fiftèn sikstèn

Fiftene sikstene

Fifteen sixteen

Fiften sixteen

Màdz in the kichn

Mades in the kichn

Maids in the kitchen

Maids in the kitchen

Seventèn àtèn

Seventene aten

Seventeen aiteen

Seventeen eighteen

Màdz a wàtèn

Mades a waiting

Mades a waiting

Maids a waiting

Nintèn twenti

Ninetene twenty

Nineteen twenty

Nineteen twenty

Mì plàts emti

Mi plates emty

My plate’s emty

My plate’s empty





Result -Some variant spellings are possible for some words but within predictable limits, for reading. Most words have single spellings. Most sound-symbol relationships are one-to-one. 149 less familiar spelling patterns would not need to be lernd.

 Redundant letters - Present readers can start to reform with no surplus letters in words. Surplus letters show neither meaning nor pronunciation and they often mislead. Examples -autum, gardian, mischivus.


Here is a Fast Track Reader. Much better ones can be ritten but this givs the idea. It is ritten in Spelling without Traps.

Each page gets harder as u read along. Read each page just as far as u can.

Red ar new wurds.

Blu wurds ar among the 36 wurds that must be lernd by rote.

Page 1.

A man                (man can)

The man had a dog. (dog frog)

The dog was so big.  (big rig)

The dog was as big as the man. (as has)

The dog let the man sit on him.  (sit fit)

So the man sat on the dog to go on to the top of a hill. (top mop)

At the top the man and the dog had a rest, (rest nest)

They could see far away. The man wanted to go far away. (see bee)

Far away there was a big river and there was a town down by the side of it.  (town gown)

‘Let us go to the town by the side of the big river,’ sed the man. (river liver)

So the dog and the man set off on the way to the town by the side of the river. (way day)

Finish this story.  How will u end it? (will fill)

Page 2.

The man.

The man had a hen. (hen men)

The hen was red. (red bed)

Lay an egg, red hen,’ sed the man. (lay day)

The hen layd an egg.  The egg was brown. (brown crown)

The man sed, ‘Red hen, thank u.’ (thank tank)

He fed the hen some corn in the morning. (some come)

Every day the hen layd an egg, and the man fed the hen some corn.(day may)

If u ate the hen, u would hav mor to eat than an egg,’ sed a second man with a mind only for the day.(mind kind)

It was as well for the hen that the man sed that was silly. (well fell)

It was as well for the man too.  (too coo)

Meny men hav minds only for the day.  They do not think about what will happen next. (Meny eny)

So every day the hen layd an egg, and the man fed the hen some corn. (corn morn)

The man never ate the hen, and the hen always layd an egg every day. (never ever)

One day, the hen layd a golden egg.  The man sed, ‘I will take the golden egg to the king.’ (king sing)

Finish this story. How will u end it? (story glory)

Page 3.

The man.

The man had a name.  It was Jack. (name same)

His dog had a name, Dog, and his hen had a name, Red. (red led)

Jack and Dog and Red livd in a home by the river. (home dome)

They wer happy.  But Jack wanted a wife. (wife life)

So they went to the town to find a wife. (find kind)

Jack wanted a wife who would like the dog and the hen. (would should could)

Sometimes a girl liked the dog, but not the hen. (like bike)

Sometimes a girl liked the hen but not the dog. (times dimes)

Sometimes a girl liked the hen and the dog but not Jack. (Jack back)

It was a year and a week and a day befor Jack found a girl who liked all of them. Her name was Jill.  (year dear)

The girl had a cat. She had a duck.  (duck luck)

It took a long time befor they all liked each other – Jack and Jill, the dog and the cat, the hen and the duck. (cat fat)

At last Jack sed, ‘I like all of u.’  And Jill and the dog and the cat and the hen and the duck sed the same. ‘We like all of us.’ (us bus)

So they went to Jack’s home.  There was not room for all of them. (went sent)

So Jack made a kennel for the dog and a nest for the hen. (made shade)

Jill made a cot for the cat and dug a pond for the duck. (cot dot)

So everything was fit for the six of them to liv happy ever after. (fit pit)

But then there was a baby. (then when)

Finish this story. How will u end it?  (end lend)


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