Tag Archives: language

Dutch/Afrikaans I

Happy Saturday everyone! This week we will jump right into Dutch and Afrikaans! Dutch and Afrikaans are really very similar in terms of word usage, vocabulary, and spelling patterns, so it makes sense to do them together. Afrikaans is a daughter language of Dutch, and around 95% of Afrikaans vocabulary comes from Dutch.

Also, I would really appreciate it if you could help me achieve my goal of helping others around the world by providing them with clean and safe water, something most of us take for granted every day. I’ve attached a video below just to show how much clean water can mean to someone…please watch and click here to donate! This holiday season we can all make a difference by providing others with one of the best gifts in this world — water!

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Sanskrit/Hindi I

Namaste everyone! Hope everyone is having a fantastic weekend so far! This week we will begin our journey into one of the most ancient languages the world has to offer, Sanskrit. We will do Hindi alongside Sanskrit because Hindi derives from Sanskrit so the rules are very similar. The only difference is that Hindi is colloquial (spoken today) whereas Sanskrit isn’t actually spoken in conversations. I speak Hindi, so I am happy to be sharing the rules of this beautiful language with everyone. Please enjoy!

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Portuguese I

Hello everyone! This week we will start a new language – Portuguese. Portuguese is yet another Romance language, stemming from Latin and acting as a close relative to the languages we have already studied, including French, Spanish, and Italian. Portuguese is in fact very similar to these languages, and you will see that in the spelling rules in the upcoming videos. Enjoy!

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Greek V

Hi everyone! Happy Summer! Today we will finish up the Greek consonants, so we will wrap up our Greek rules. In the next video, we will take a look at our sample words and how all these rules apply to them.

A huge thank you to everyone who donated to my fundraiser at water.org. I am so happy to say that so far, we have helped 28 people gain access to a lifetime supply of clean and fresh water! Thank you…let’s continue to make a positive difference across the globe. To donate, please click here.

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Greek IV

Hi everyone! I hope everyone’s summer has kicked off to a great start! Now that we are done with Greek vowels, we can move on to Greek consonants starting with this video. Greek has some unique consonant spellings, which can be seen in the many Greek roots out there. Spelling bees usually love to test how well you know these Greek consonant spellings, and the roots come in very handy for just that.

Also, please do not forget to donate to water.org. There are 20 days left to reach our goal, and with the hot summer approaching, we know the importance of water at this time. Please help here.

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German II

Happy Saturday everyone! Here is the second installment of the German videos, where we will start covering the vowel sounds and spellings in German. Enjoy!

I am 4 days away from completing my online fundraiser for Water.org. So far we have helped change the lives of 8 lives with safe water. I appreciate you considering being part of my fundraiser, if you haven’t already, and giving people the chance at a better life through one of life’s most basic needs. Please help us at: http://give.water.org/fundraiser/1507/.

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German I

Good morning everyone! Now we will start a new language – German! German has many interesting sounds and spellings, and though linguistically it is very close to English, there are some differences which we will definitely look at. In this first video, we will go through a quick background of German, ten sample words, and some common stems. Enjoy!

Your donation for water.org is very much appreciated at this link: http://give.water.org/fundraiser/1507/. Few more days left…please help!

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Italian V

Good morning! In this final installment of the Italian series, we will wrap up by revisiting our ten words and understanding why they are spelled the way they are.

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Ciao, and thank you!

 

 

Italian IV

Happy Saturday…this week I will post the 21st video in the series! In this video we will finish up Italian consonants.  Some of the sounds have multiple spellings, but I have detailed how to figure out which one applies. Sometimes, there are rare spellings and the dictionary only has 5 to 10 entries for words using those spellings. In those cases, it would be best to just learn all the words that use the rare spellings. Enjoy.

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Spanish I

Good afternoon everyone! Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! Now we will start our study of another Romance language, Spanish. Spanish is closely related to French, which we have already covered, and also comes from Latin as well, which we have looked at also. In this first video, we will take a look at its background, some sample words to get you acquainted with the style of the language, and some common stems that pop up quite frequently. Enjoy!

Also, please don’t forget to donate to water.org to help make a difference in people’s lives! The donation link can be found at https://spellingmantra.com/donation/. All and any donations are welcome; thank you to those who have helped out already.

Finally, I have put the link to Scott Remer’s Words of Wisdom (2nd Edition) book in the Introduction post. Scott has been an invaluable mentor and I would like to thank him for all he has done.

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year 2014!

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