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How does a real speller make sense of the spelling of the word "first"? My student spelled it as "ferst." (Sorry, but can't use angle brackets so quotes will have to suffice for now.) I can't thing of a way to make sense of the spelling, and my student continues to use the sound-it-out method, which fails him miserably. I find the Old English words the most challenging for analysis by morpheme, or by gathering relatives. Any advice would be most appreciated. Thanks!

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