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Language Summary

Happy Saturday everyone!!! I am very happy to share this video with you all — we have completed our journey of visiting several different languages and understanding their spelling rules and patterns as they have affected English. Thus far, from the creation of this site, we have covered 1245 minutes (20.75 hours) of learning. Wow! Thank you so much for all your support, encouragement, and donations to water.org — it all means a lot to me.

For the future, please be expecting more videos on other word-related realms. We will be covering some words I handpicked when I read the dictionary four years ago, some roots, and some vocabulary. Please stay tuned for this new and exciting series.

It’s been a wonderful ride with you all! I can’t wait to keep it going 🙂

Thank you!

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.

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Greek II

Good morning everyone. This week we will take a look at how the vowel sounds are spelled in Greek, more specifically, the sounds pertaining to “a”, “e”, and “i.” Most of the sounds are self-explanatory, but some of them are special in Greek.

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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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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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