Blindly spelling through life!

iOS and iPadOS

Is it seal, or ceil? These types of spelling quandaries have been part of my life ever since I can remember. I’ve always considered which of the various very similar ways of spelling a word are the correct ones. At this point, I’m just amazingly tired of doing it.
I would like any suggestions, examples, or help in finding any app which can finally fix this annoying issue of mine. I know this is rampant among the blind and visually impaired community for one reason or another and I would like to know how any of you have managed to deal with the complications of spelling in English.
I know there are apps for creating flashcards, which ones do you like to use? I know there are apps for creating databases, which ones of these are accessible?
Ultimately I would like to create the most efficient way to solve this issue permanently. Every so often I find myself using the auto correct or spellchecker features on my iPhone or my windows computer. It is much more efficient to type and not have to stop every few minutes because he realized, that just doesn’t sound right!
I know that buying a braille display would more than likely fix this issue given enough time, however many of us are not in a financial place where this is even a possibility.
I know there are many professionally successful blind people on here and I would like to know how you fixed the issue yourselves.
There is an app for everything out there, there has to be an app for this.
Thank you for any help that you may provide and let me know if I I am completely alone in this small but annoying and repetitive issue of mine.
Wish you all the best and hope you have a great day! Love this community.



Submitted by gailisaiah on Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Hi Diego, Sounds like English may be your second language. I sure understand your post. Is it there, they're, or their? the only recommendation I have would be to use a dictionary app to search spelling to make sure your using the correct word. There's different dictionary and ththesaurus apps and you can always ask Siri.

Submitted by Shawn T on Thursday, August 5, 2021


I wanted to provide some suggestions on braille although I recognize it doesn't directly answer your app question. I don't know of one which does the things you need. If you can find an old language master talking dictionary, they had a feature called confusables which was helpful along with the grammar guide.

In the long-term, braille has made me a better speller. While a display would be handy, you could still get hard copy from a library for the blind. national Braille Press also sells a spelling dictionary which has contractions listed and the spelled out form next to them. This makes it easier to learn how to translate them.

In my own head, I picture words with their appropriate contractions, then spell them out when I type. When I was teaching however, I found braille easier to write when working with students since I didn't have to worry about that part of the process. UEB has made translations much more accurate without the need to think much about it once you learn the major usage differences. I know that if I were only using speech, it would be much harder for me to remember how words are spelled. In some cases, the braille contractions are very different from one form of a word to another. Both there and their have very distinct contractions, which is actually how I remember which one to use in a given sentence.

Submitted by Oliver Kennett on Thursday, August 5, 2021

I use ulysses for word processing. THERE is a bit of a learning curve with the review mode, have to dril down a lot and feel about for it, but this will pick you up on such issues and explain why one works whilst the other doesn't. I believe microsoft word should do this too but I've never been abble to get that to work very well. I know your pane... A little joke there.

Submitted by gregg on Thursday, August 5, 2021

A combination of these may work. Selecting the combination is a personal preference.
Under settings, general, keyboards:
Check Spelling
These options are toggled on/off.

Submitted by Justin Philips on Tuesday, August 10, 2021

The Voice Dream writer also will help with improving your spelling. However, as with everything, one has to put in a lot of effort to master spelling fundamentals.