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 →
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 →
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!
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 →
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… Read more Introduction →