Sayspel is a spelling scheme layed out to greatly simplify the learning of English reading and writing, addressing the needs of children and adults alike.
Although individuals, societies, committees and councils have worked on projects to revise spelling for over a hundred years, few specific proposals have so far matured to common use.
Disclosed in one 45 symbol pronouncing chart, Sayspel is a careful combination of consistent phonetics, brevity and familiarity to traditional spellings. The audio spelling and pronunciation guide on CD, opens the way to fast, accurate English speech, not previously achieved with standard teaching methods.
For those who are literate and have a positive attitude, adapting to Sayspel is a matter of a few days, a small price to pay for the substantial advantages of easier and faster writing in less space.
The challenge however is to convince the authorities and the public, that a simplified English spelling is available, and that it would fulfill the need and expectations of developing countries.
Countries such as India and China are less inclined to persist with the remnants of outdated traditional spelling than is Britain or America whose top priority is to keep any reform , ‘comfortable’ for those who can already read and write. This would entail ‘leaving in’ irregularities at the expense of effective consistency.
Youth's ability to learn easily and fast must not be squandered on patch-up changes that 'aging' reformers consider to be sufficient.
Introducing a complete, consistent reform to 6 - 16 year olds now, could see it fully accepted and integrated into universal writing within a year. Traditional spelling could still be used wherever it is preferred.
The practical introduction of Sayspel
Initially, Sayspel’s simpler English spelling can be used as a phonetical pronunciation guide for traditional English text, employing the audio pronunciation guide on this web or on the Sayspel CD.
Sayspel would be interesting to teenagers and adults who can already read and write English and recognise the value of supporting universal spelling reform. In daily life, for teaching or in their medium of communication.
Sayspel could also be a basis for researchers who wish to experiment with progressive spelling forms, especially for emails.