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Update!

Hello everyone! Just wanted to give everyone a quick update —  I’ve been out of town for nearly a month and have therefore not been able to post videos regularly. I will restart posting videos when I return home next week. Thank you for your understanding and patience. I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer 🙂

 

 

Update

Hello everyone! I hope you all are having a nice end to the school year. I just wanted to let everyone know that as I am very busy with AP exams and final exams this time of year, I am unable to make and share a video this week. I will try to post the next video this week or the week after. Thank you for your understanding!

If you’re learning from, watching, and enjoying these videos, then I please request you to help me with my water fundraiser. ANY donation is absolutely welcome and so very appreciated. Please click here to donate.

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!

Schedule Update

Hello all,

Quick update – I have decided to post one video every other week for all of the following videos. My goal was to share one video per week during my freshman and sophomore years of high school, and as I am heading on to junior year, and still trying to create informative, specialized videos for the languages we are covering, I think it would be best to preserve quality by taking an extra week to share these videos with everyone. Thank you for your understanding. Looking forward to the Greek IV video next week!

Stuti

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!

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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 video directly through YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jz_HaeXZcg8

Thank you!

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 on the following link to watch the video directly through YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0DY–HVMpI

Thank you!

Introduction

Happy Saturday! Here is the first video, in which I have described how we will work towards approaching our goal of learning words and their spellings. In the video, I have mentioned purchasing Merriam Webster’s Third New International Dictionary…if interested, please take a look at the link below for both the dictionary and the CD-ROM (I highly recommend this):

http://www.amazon.com/Websters-International-Dictionary-Unabridged-CD-ROM/dp/0877793026/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1315669062&sr=8-1

Also, Scott Remer’s book, Words of Wisdom: Keys to Success in the Scripps National Spelling Bee (2nd Edition), is an invaluable resource for all aspiring spellers. Scott has beautifully presented complex spelling and language material into simple, easy-to-follow rules, and I cannot thank him enough for what he has done and all the support he has given me with this blog. The link to his book is here:

http://www.amazon.com/Words-Wisdom-Success-National-Spelling/dp/1466437820

Enjoy, and welcome once again!

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=SOoxsbpTRYQ

Thank you!