Japanese III

Hello everyone! I hope everyone is doing well. This week, we will continue forward by looking at consonants in Japanese – while the consonant spellings are fairly unique to the language, they are really simple and consistent, to our advantage. Enjoy!

Also, if you would please like to donate to my fundraiser to help provide clean and fresh water to needy families all over the globe, please click here. I would really appreciate it!

Thank you!

Japanese II

Hello everyone! Hope everyone has had an awesome week! This week we will delve right into the Japanese vowel sounds and their spellings…most of these are fairly consistent and easy to remember and use.

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Thank you!

Japanese I

Hello everyone! Hope everyone has had a restful and wonderful summer! I know many of you will go back to school this month…I have already started school this week. This week we will start a beautiful new language – Japanese! Japanese is a very symmetric, easy-to-follow language with consistent spelling rules and patterns. That’s why we love it! In this video, we will get an introduction to Japanese and take a look at ten sample words.

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Thank you!

Greek VI

Hi everyone…happy August! Here is the final video of the Greek series, the one with the review of the sample words. I’m sorry this was not posted earlier, and thanks again to Sreeniketh for very kindly letting me know.

Also, it would be so nice if we could help those in need of clean and pure water during these hot summer months. If you would please like to donate to water.org, please click here.

Thank you! We will start a new language next time!

 

Portuguese II

Hello everyone! This week is the final installment of the Portuguese videos. We will finish up by revisiting our ten sample words from the previous video.

Also, it was brought to my attention that the final video of the Greek series, the one with the ten sample words, was not posted. Much thanks to Sreeniketh Vogoti for letting me know about this! Sreeniketh, it’s dedicated spellers like you who make all the difference. Thank you so much for reaching out and telling me – I apologize and will make sure I get that to everyone for the next post. I thought it would be better to complete Portuguese so we can finish that series.

Also, if you followed my post from last week about the World Cup, just thought to let you know I am ECSTATIC about Germany’s big win! :) That’s four World Cup championships now!

Please do not forget to donate to water.org. The new link is here. We have already made a difference in so many people’s lives, and I am sure we can take that further step by step! Any donations are welcome — thank you!

 

 

 

Donation News and World Cup 2014

Hi everyone! Hope everyone is having a fantastic Saturday and a wonderful summer so far! Today is the auspicious Hindu festival called “Guru Purnima”, which is dedicated to all our superb teachers, mentors, and guides. “Guru”, stemming from Sanskrit, comes from “gu” meaning darkness and “ru” meaning one who removes our darkness. Thus “guru” is defined by Merriam Webster as: a person who acts as one’s teacher and guide in matters of fundamental intellectual concern. Thanks to all the teachers and instructors out there!

In honor of this holiday and also the fact that thus far, we have helped 28 people gain access to a lifetime supply of clean and fresh water, a new donation link for water.org is up. The link is http://give.water.org/fundraiser/1901/. THANK YOU to everyone who has helped with this cause so far; I am so thrilled to say we have made such a positive impact on our globe. Let’s continue that further! We have until October of this year to help out 10 more people!

Also, if you want to refer to a certain set of videos regarding one language, you can always use the search tool at the top right of the page to search for a specific language. All the posts and videos pertaining to that language will come up. For example, if you want to go over German, just type in “German” in the search tool and all five of the posts relating to German come up.

On another note, tomorrow is the 2014 World Cup Final! For those who don’t know, I am a huge fan of football and the World Cup, and I have especially been supporting Team Germany for many years now! I’m beyond excited that Germany is in the final for tomorrow :) However, one main reason I love watching the World Cup is because it brings people of so many different countries and cultures together. Inevitably, there is much we can notice and learn about languages and linguistics. What I enjoy the most is that just by reading the names of the players on a squad, you can generally guess which country they represent! This is where all the rules we have learned about different languages kick in. If you have been watching the World Cup, hopefully you have been having fun putting these rules into practice too!

Have a great week everyone!

Portuguese I

Hello everyone! This week we will start a new language – Portuguese. Portuguese is yet another Romance language, stemming from Latin and acting as a close relative to the languages we have already studied, including French, Spanish, and Italian. Portuguese is in fact very similar to these languages, and you will see that in the spelling rules in the upcoming videos. Enjoy!

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