Uncovering the Logic of English, Book Review

Uncovering the Logic of English: A Common-Sense Approach to Reading, Spelling and Literacy. By DeniseEide

You might not know this about me, but I am an engineer. I love equations and formulas. They make sense and have reason and logic. There is always an answer that can be figured out. English on the other hand has always eluded me.

When I was in the 2nd grade I failed phonics. I didn't get it. In 3rd grade I was placed in a 'special' reading class. It took me about 2 weeks to read through the reading materials and I was put back into the regular English class. I could clearly read, and understand but spelling and sounding out new words was way too hard for me. I struggled weekly with spelling tests, and I would memorize them for the week, but quickly forget the next week with new words to cram for.

In the 5th grade I was put into another 'special' English class, but after the first test I was placed back into the regular English class again.

I was a smart bright girl, and yet something was clearly wrong with my understanding of English. As I got older I came to understand learning English is intuitive and I was clearly a logical thinker. My brain was wired for math and not spelling.

So I stopped feeling bad about not being able to spell and even found an Abraham Lincoln quote, “I cannot respect a man who knows only one way to spell a word.” Yep, even the great Abe couldn't spell either!

It has always bothered me that our language didn't have a structure that I could understand.

Then I started reading Uncovering the Logic of English. There are rules to explain 98% of English words.

 Are you kidding me? Why wasn't I thought this?

26 letters and 44 sounds and 75 different ways to spell them!  (So maybe I took the Abe quote the wrong way, you can correctly spell a word several different ways.)

Eide has many YouTube videos and a curriculum that I will be getting for my daughter. The videos are worth watching (here's a link).

This book is such a good resource and guide for anyone who has struggled with spelling.  Head here to get yourself a copy. Really this is must read for every engineer!


Disclosure, I received a copy of the book free of charge for a honest review. All the opinions in this post are my own. I have included an affiliate link to the book on amazon.



  1. Haha! Spell check still is my best friend. :)
    The crazy thing for me is this, I know all of the "rules" by heart; "i before e..." and stuff like that. But the English language breaks as many rules as they it makes!

  2. The rule use I before E is not in Uncovering the Logic of English because there are too many exceptions. The rules in this book truly explain 98% of English words and all the known exceptions are listed!It is the myth that English is not logical and riddled with exceptions that is driving the literacy crisis: 2/3 of US students read below grade level. This information has the power to reverse that trend.

  3. oh dear, My English is terrible, I should get a book like that :P

  4. I was blessed that my mother located a phenomenal phonics program that taught you how to spell phonetically :) I'm glad that you found a means to figure out how best to spell for you! :) Thank you for sharing and linking up at Simply Helping Him! Blessings!

  5. I have used many phonics programs and the ones I liked the best utilized both hemispheres of the brain and had the child acting out the sounds of the letters in the early stages or learning to read. Movement helps some children in learning. I could go on and on about this, ha!! but I will restrain myself!! I was so bad at spelling AND math that I worked very hard to learn both. I too was in remedial reading classes and could have used remedial math too, lol!! Thankfully there is a place for me in life here at home, though I have worked professionally in the past.

    Thanks for linking up over at WholeHearted Home this past week.