When I was in elementary school my two most hated subjects were spelling and phonics. I was always a good student. I got A’s most of the time, but it wasn’t uncommon for me to get F’s on spelling tests.
In third grade one of the boys in class cheated on his spelling test by copying mine. He was stunned when he failed. “I thought you were smart,” he said to me when he got his test paper back. I think the highest score I ever got on a spelling test in third grade was a C and that was amazing.
My problem is with short vowel sounds. Many of them sound the same to me. Apparently there are differences in the pronunciation of certain words that I just don’t hear. Words like pen and pin, him and hem, and then and than all sound the same to me. I never realized there was any difference in the pronunciation of these words at all before my husband pointed them out to me.
I like blame my pronunciation problems on my regional accent, but I don’t think I’m fooling anyone.