According to most academic experts, spelling aptitude is a poor way to judge someone’s intelligence, yet jobs are secured and lost in large part because of it. For some of us it comes easy; we even have fun with spelling games. Some of us have a harder time with it, and with good reason: the English language has 205 ways to spell 44 sounds. Think back … how has spelling affected your life, or the life of someone close to you? Share your spelling stories forward.