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Masha Bell

Thanks to Hitler, Masha was born in Germany, but when she was three her mother returned to Lithuania. Masha's first language was therefore German, but from 7 to 15 she was educated in Lithuanian and Russian, and did not start to learn English until she was 14. She was then returned to Germany and began to study English intensively. She was hoping to become a writer and use the language which was most widely spoken and understood. In 1964, aged 20, she came to London as an au-pair. After marriage, children, a degree in philosophy and psychology and 18 years of teaching English and modern languages, ill health finally gave her time to write.


  • English Spelling Explained


    In every English-speaking country, roughly one in six children find it impossible to learn to read and write well enough to cope with secondary schooling or the literacy demands of modern life. This failure tends to be blamed, predominantly, on poor teaching and inadequate parenting.

  • Rules and Exceptions of English Spelling


    The book should be helpful to anyone who wants to improve their spelling of English in a short time, be they native or foreign learners.

  • Learning to Read


    The book is a complete basic reading course for young children, but it can also help older learners who still have serious gaps in their grasp of essential English phonics.

  • Understanding English Spelling


    Nearly half of all children in English-speaking countries start secondary school with very poor spelling skills. One in five has not even learned to read properly by the age of 11. Governments repeatedly spend vast sums of money in order to raise literacy levels.

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