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Latin I

Hello all! I am so excited to finally start our languages! The first language we will cover is Latin (which is one of the most crucial languages for English and the spelling bees). Latin acts like a mother to the Romance languages, which include French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and Romanian. In this video, we will first explore the history of Latin and its influence on English, and then we will continue to look at the spelling and language rules of Latin. The video is slightly long, but it covers the… Read more Latin I

Example Diacritics

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: Thank you!


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): 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