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Stuti Mishra is the National Runner Up of the 2012 Scripps National Spelling Bee, and a nineteenth-rank semifinalist of the 2011 Scripps National Spelling Bee. She is the 2011 Champion of the North South Foundation’s Senior Spelling Bee and also the National Runner Up of 2011 South Asian Spelling Bee. Stuti founded “Saturdays with Stuti,” a club dedicated to language lovers to meet twice a month at the West Melbourne Public Library, following her spelling bee journey. Her passion for words and the English language motivated her to share her findings and experiences globally, as she received many requests for the same. All experiences shared here are her views and are perceptions of what she learned during her spelling bee journey of over 3+ years!

36 responses »

  1. Love your passion and dedication and your willingness to impart what you have learned.
    Keep up the great work and all the best for your future endeavors.

  2. Hi Stuti akka, I am Ashrita and I am in first grade, I love watching your videos. I met you last year at NSF finals. Thanks for sharing these videos.

  3. I am impressed at your teaching ability at such a young age. I am a mom of three and I am learning so much from your website. I hope to pass on this information to my daughters who will be starting KG in the fall this year.
    I wanted to Thank you for taking the time to make these videos. No doubt that they are super useful so please don’t stop making them!
    Thanks again!!

  4. My son Pranav Kallavi and I had the privilege of participating in Stuti’s etymology session during NSF Spelling Bee workshop. It was excellently presented. Beyond her extensive knowledge and communication skills, she was very enthusiastic. My first-grader son got inspired to learn more about words and spellings.

  5. Hi Stuti, I am extremely impressed by your extensive knowledge,and awesome video presentation. You are so talented. I wanted to know if you could give a short training presentation at my resource group, APEX – Asian Excellence Professional at my workplace. I am originally from Singapore. Our APEX resource group represent all employees from Asia and South East Asia.

  6. I am 9 years old and I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to your videos.They are so well explained and interesting!!
    I recently got an Unabridged Merriam Webster dictionary.I can’t figure out how to use advanced search to study similar words or word families..Could you please give me some suggestions?
    When I grow up,I hope I can be as smart as you are…What do you want to do when you grow up?

  7. Hi Stuti,

    I have learned so much from your videos. They have made my knowledge, expand so much. I was wondering if you have any tips for /s/ sound, because I have been getting a little confused with what letter(s) I should use?

    Thanks,
    kanna

    • Hello, thank you for your note…I was away this summer so didn’t get to answer your question. Actually, regarding the /s/ sound, in each language series I have covered the way the /s/ is spelled if it is spelled uniquely or differently. For example, in Latin, “sc” is very common (as in “science”). In general, the /s/ can be tricky because there are so many ways to spell it, such as “c” or “ss”. Lots of Romance languages use “c” if the next letter is “e,” “i,” or “y.” Unfortunately there is no rule that works all the time, but if you watch the consonant videos and look at example words, you will be able to get a feel for how the /s/ is typically spelled in each language. Hope this helps, thank you!

  8. Stuti, my daughter Sylvie placed ninth at the NSB this past May, and one of the tools she used was this website. As she attempts to come back again this next year, she is going through them again to really lock in all the concepts. Your teaching style is great: friendly, comprehensive, clear and easy to understand. Thank you, and I hope you get many more donations for water.org!

      • Stuti, it was great to meet you at the NSB. Sylvie loved meeting you too, and once again her 4th place finish this year–and more importantly her mastery of spelling and the English language in general–is something that you own a part of through your wonderful work. We can’t say enough about your teaching style and we can’t wait to see all the great things you accomplish.

      • Thank you so much Mr. Lamontagne, it was such a pleasure to meet Sylvie and family too! She was absolutely impressive this year — I was blown away. This message means so much to me. Wishing Sylvie the best of luck. Please keep in touch.

  9. Hi Stuti – We attended NSF spelling bee workshop last week with my kids aged 6 & 9 . I have few questions regarding practicing for SB. I registered them for NSF JSB and SSB.
    We downloaded the 1000 words for each of them and they started reading them.

    1) Do we need to follow the etimology & rules for 1st graders list too? Some of the words has meanings which is difficult for them to understand.

    2) What do you suggest for beginners who have just started practicing? Just go over the spelling of all the words at first? and then understand the meaning of those words which they can understand? and then etimology?

    3) When exactly do they have to start looking for etimology & rules etc? It is overwhelming for them now .

    4) Where can I get the CD – Merriam Webster unabridged?

    Please suggest me how to begin with ?

    Awaiting your reply

    Thanks

    Uma

    • Hello, I am so sorry I am seeing this message now — it somehow went to my spam. First grade is a very early age to begin for sure, but yes it is great to start with understanding spelling while simultaneously building on vocabulary as well. For that age and for starters, I would recommend getting the Scholastic Children’s Dictionary (which has nice pictures for younger children) and to read a page or two of that a day. That’s what I did when I was younger. Of course the linguistic rules may be too overwhelming for kids now like you said; I think 5th grade or higher is ideal to start grasping those concepts. Also the CD-ROM should come with a purchase of the Merriam Webster’s 3rd New International Dictionary. Hope this helps.

      Thanks,
      Stuti

    • Hi Skye, the “ph” in Dutch is very rare because Dutch is similar to German in that it uses “v” to spell a lot of /f/ sounds. If a word passed through Greek on its way to Dutch, then it’s likely that it has a “ph.” If you’re referring to the word “euphroe,” then know that it is an exception and originally never contained a “ph” — it’s a mystery as to how that got there!

  10. Hi Stuti, Adrija here. I love your blog and videos. Thank you very much for it. I am however not able to watch the videos and it says it is restricted. Do you know why? Thanks Adrija

    • Thanks Adrija! Hmm that is odd..have you tried clicking on the Youtube links below to watch the videos directly through YouTube? If this doesn’t work please let me know.

  11. Hi Stuti,
    It was nice meeting you at the 2016 spelling bee. I have checked out your blog and it’s amazing. My daughter is in 4th grade and it would really help her. Please continue updating on a regular basis. Congratulations on your college selection.

    • Thank you so much Mr. Vasu, it was so nice to meet you as well! Thank you I am trying my best to continue creating videos but will definitely be updating my blog with words often. Thank you so much!

  12. Hi Stuti,

    I have been watching your videos for a long time and they are very helpful. I just have a quick question : In addition to roots, what other rules can I use to identify if I should use an “x” or “z” at the beginning of a word.

    thanks, Kanna

    • Dear Kanna,

      Thank you for your question! The roots are key to figuring out if a word starts with “x” or “z”; for example, if you know a word has the root “xylo” meaning wood, then you can be sure it starts with an “x” and not a “z”! If a word comes from a language other than Greek, then most likely it will start with a “z.” Also if you do a search on Merriam Webster CD-ROM for all Greek words that start with “z”, that should help you narrow down the list as well!

      Hope this helps,
      Stuti

  13. Hi Stuti!

    My name is Arushi and I watch your videos all the time. I have just gone into 5th grade and I have a question. How do you search up exceptions on the CD-ROM? I have seen that someone else has asked this too, but you emailed the answer. Thus, I am asking you again. My email is arushicumer@gmail.com.

    Awaiting your reply,

    Arushi

    • Hi Arushi, unfortunately there is no solid way to search up exceptions in the CD-Rom. What you can do, however, is look for words that don’t fit the rules themselves. For example, if you know in French the /sh/ sound is spelled “ch,” and you want to look up exceptions to this rule, then you can go to the advanced settings (a tab at the top) and input that the etymology is French. Then make sure to click AND and then also under “Entry Word is” you can just type in (*sh*). With these two parameters, you should get all the French words using “Sh” (which are exceptions to the original rule). Hoped this helped, Stuti

  14. Hi Stuti, I am a 9th grader who competed in the spelling bee in past years watched many of your helpful videos. My 5th grade brother is participating in the bee as well (right now at school bee level). Since you are more experienced, do you think using flashcards is a good and efficient method for studying definitions of the words? I did it this way but it seemed a bit inefficient and in a way, more like blind memorization. Also, do you think 5th grade would be a good time to start learning the dictionary pronunciation markings?
    Thank you,
    Lekha

    • Dear Lekha,

      Thanks for your message! I definitely agree, I think flashcards are a fantastic way to learn definitions, but regarding the rote memorization, I think it would be beneficial to learn each and every word by the root or etymology that is comes from. For example, on the flashcard that you make, include not only the definition of the word but which root word it comes from and what the root word means; that will help engrain the definition in your brain more. And to your second question, yes 5th grade is perfect to start learning the dictionary diacritics! Hope this helps!

      Best,
      Stuti

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