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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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Japanese I

Hello everyone! Hope everyone has had a restful and wonderful summer! I know many of you will go back to school this month…I have already started school this week. This week we will start a beautiful new language – Japanese! Japanese is a very symmetric, easy-to-follow language with consistent spelling rules and patterns. That’s why we love it! In this video, we will get an introduction to Japanese and take a look at ten sample words.

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Portuguese II

Hello everyone! This week is the final installment of the Portuguese videos. We will finish up by revisiting our ten sample words from the previous video.

Also, it was brought to my attention that the final video of the Greek series, the one with the ten sample words, was not posted. Much thanks to Sreeniketh Vogoti for letting me know about this! Sreeniketh, it’s dedicated spellers like you who make all the difference. Thank you so much for reaching out and telling me – I apologize and will make sure I get that to everyone for the next post. I thought it would be better to complete Portuguese so we can finish that series.

Also, if you followed my post from last week about the World Cup, just thought to let you know I am ECSTATIC about Germany’s big win! 🙂 That’s four World Cup championships now!

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Greek I

Hello…Happy Saturday! This week we will start with one of the most influential languages for the English language: Greek! Greek and Latin together comprise 60% (6 out of 10 words!) of English! It’s pretty obvious that plenty of spelling bee words stem from Greek. Greek is also home to hundreds of root words and etymologies, that are commonly used in many words today. For example, in Greek, “chrono” means time; that’s where we get the words chronological, anachronism, and synchronize from. These roots are key to understanding the spellings of Greek words, so I would suggest getting familiar with these roots and then applying them to the videos. In this video, we will take a look at the history and significance of Greek, as well as ten sample words. Enjoy!

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Italian I

Hi everyone! Happy Saturday! I’m excited to say we will be starting another gorgeous language this week: Italian! Italian is another one of the Romance languages, and is pretty similar to Spanish and French. It does have its own special sounds and spellings though. In this video, we’ll explore a brief background of Italian, look at 10 sample Italian words, and take a look at common Italian stems. Italian is a beautiful, consistent language, and we can definitely thank it for our wonderful words of music and food!

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Spanish IV

Happy Saturday everyone! This week, we will take a look at vowel sounds in Spanish. In this installment, we will start with vowel sounds pertaining to “a”, “e”, and “i”, and we will finish up the rest in the next video. Spanish vowels give Spanish its beautiful lilting sounds, and they are fairly consistent and easy to learn. 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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French IV

Hi all! This week, we will look at the remaining French vowel sounds and the rules that apply to them. In the next video (for next week), we will finish up by looking at some complex consonant sounds in French. Please enjoy!

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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, we can apply them almost all the time! This first French video will introduce you to the beautiful language; in the following videos, we will take a closer look at its spelling rules. Enjoy!

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