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Letters extra: Regular English

Well, no, the spelling of English is not "more irregular than almost any other language" (Dr John M Gledhill, Letters, April 18). Try French, which is the classic case of making things worse by trying to make things "easier". It's just that English spelling, as in many languages, is a mixed system, with semantic, grammatical and historical regularities that the simplicities of phonics fail to address - as I tried to point out in my recent note in Primary Forum ("From benevolent to malevolent in 'fonix' ", March 7).
Keith Davidson,nbsp;
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