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Phonetic spelling is spelling that is easy to pronounce. That is, the word graph is spelled with a ph that is pronounced as f. If the spelling were changed to graf, it would be phonetic. There are some proponents of revising all spelling to be phonetic so it would be easier to learn how to read, as is the case in Spanish, for instance. However, most linguists and educators recognize that the meaning or historical context associated with non-phonetic spelling is valuable in understanding content.