How to choose the right word and tell the difference between sound-a-likes: sow, sew and so

Choose the Right Words


English can be SEW confusing. Because English borrows from so many other languages, the same sound can be made by different combinations of letters – hence lots of word confusion – and people using the wrong words especially in writing!


I lead a varied life – one day  as an international communication coach helping top execs “choose the right words”….the next day helping my kids with home work.

scrabble spelling

In both cases I help people remember how to choose the right words by using the “known to remember the unknown.”

Take for example the sound-the-same words that are spelled differently – sow, sew and so. (Homophones – homo = the same)

Use what people know to help them remember related words they need to remember. It also helps if you an visualize the memory trigger – for example a CAR or an Envelope.

My teachers helped me remember a cAr is

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