Hi everyone! “Saturdays with Stuti” began as a bimonthly spelling & language club that I founded at my public library back in the fall of 2012. I desperately missed the world of words after my final year of eligibility in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in 2012, where I finished as national runner-up.
In order to fill that void, I wanted to give what I had learned throughout my spelling bee journey back to the community. Held every other Saturday at my local library, the “Saturdays with Stuti” community delved deep into the beautiful intricacies of several different languages across the globe. All of these languages and their etymological patterns have ultimately come to influence English words and their spellings.
I had so much fun doing this club; however, a few months later I realized that there were probably many more people who couldn’t physically attend my club that may be interested in understanding how English words are essentially a medley of other language groups. This inspired me to take “Saturday with Stuti” to the next level by sharing my learnings with the global community, right here!
Beginning in 2013, I created and posted a video every Saturday. These videos are organized here in a serial progression, beginning with introduction videos that outline basic information ranging from what spelling bees are to pronouncing dictionary phonetics. After these videos, most of the videos cover a certain language, diving deep into its specific history, example English words borrowed from that language, and the rules and patterns that determine the spelling of those words.
So whether you are an aspiring speller, a word nerd, or simply an English language enthusiast, “Saturdays with Stuti” is the place for you! I sincerely hope this site can help in demystifying and streamlining the complexities of the English language, a journey most of us are on for the rest of our lives 🙂
Click on “Introduction Videos” in the menu above to find a few videos to get you started. Then feel free to explore any of the languages in the menu — watching that language’s five to six videos (in order) will help you truly unearth its etymological impact on English words and spellings. The “Dictionary Words” section contains extra videos delving deeper into cool words found in Merriam Webster’s Third New International Dictionary.
Glad to have you here and happy exploring!