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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! If you would please like… Read more Sanskrit/Hindi I

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. If you would like to donate to water.org, please click here. Your donation is… Read more Japanese I

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… Read more Portuguese II

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… Read more Greek I

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! Please help… Read more Italian I

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! Also, many thanks to those who have contributed to water.org. Your donation is sincerely appreciated 🙂 If you have not already, please help my cause. The link to the donation site… Read more Spanish IV

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… Read more Spanish I

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! If for some reason you cannot view the embedded video above, please click on the following link to watch the video directly through YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqPsfV2LL_U Thank you!