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French II

Hello…hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I am so thankful for all of you for all your support and encouragement! This week, we will continue with our French studies and take a look at some simple yet common spelling rules and patterns of French. Enjoy! If for some reason you cannot view the embedded video above, click on the following link to watch the video directly through YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URtrqGygpBY Thank you!

French I

Bonjour! This week, we will get started on a Romance language that has branched from Latin — French! French is a very common language in spelling bees and is appealing to many people due to its fancy sounds and silent letters. I have been a French student for four years, and even though French may seem appalling at first to many people, I can tell you firsthand that it is very consistent in its language rules and patterns. This is really good for us — once we know the rules,… Read more French I

Latin II – Plurals

Happy Saturday everyone! The previous Latin video may have been a tad bit long, but it covered the main language rules of Latin as Latin is a pretty simple language and is not too hard to figure out. The video this week is on Latin plurals – basically, on how we can change a singular word in Latin to its plural tense. Many times plural words are asked in spelling bees, so it is important to know and understand how Latin deals with its plurals! If for some reason you… Read more Latin II – Plurals

Latin I

Hello all! I am so excited to finally start our languages! The first language we will cover is Latin (which is one of the most crucial languages for English and the spelling bees). Latin acts like a mother to the Romance languages, which include French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and Romanian. In this video, we will first explore the history of Latin and its influence on English, and then we will continue to look at the spelling and language rules of Latin. The video is slightly long, but it covers the… Read more Latin I

Language Families

Happy Saturday everyone! We have now covered looking at all aspects of words, specifically including pronunciation and origin. Now we will take a look at a larger aspect of all of this – how languages are connected. In this video, we will explore the main organization of languages and the particular language families which share similar patterns and words. The rest of the videos will follow this pattern, and we will work our way language by language to learn as much as we can! If for some reason you cannot… Read more Language Families

Stress Pronunciation

Hi everyone! Today we’ll take a look at a very interesting topic in many different languages – stress and word inflection. Basically this is about how to pronounce words with the correct intonation. Stress pronunciation is very influential in English, because most English words have a certain syllable that is emphasized when pronounced. Of course, anything with pronunciation is crucial to our understanding of words, so stress pronunciation is pretty significant! If for some reason you cannot view the embedded video above, click on the following link to watch the… Read more Stress Pronunciation

Example Diacritics

Hello! This week, we will continue learning about dictionary entries and how to pronounce words. To make sure that all our concepts are clear from the previous video, we  will go through a few example words from the dictionary in this video.  Also, a very special thanks to my amazing physics teacher, Mr. Herntier, with all the technical assistance! If for some reason you cannot view the embedded video above, click on the following link to watch the video directly through YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxPuguARS60 Thank you!

Learning about Dictionary Entries

Hi everyone! Hope everyone has had a great week! One of the most important keys to understanding words and spelling/language patterns lies in the pronunciations of words, which is what we will look at in the following video. Merriam Webster has its own special diacritics and pronunciation keys, which are covered here. Please note that I have used Merriam Webster’s CD-ROM in this video to explain the dictionary entries – this is a perfect way to study words! If for some reason you cannot view the embedded video above, click… Read more Learning about Dictionary Entries