YOU WILL GET A WORD YOU DO NOT KNOW

Spelling bees involve more than just studying words. It's easy to think of spelling like this: A student gets a list of words on Monday, studies it over the course of the week, then has a written test on Friday. Lather, rinse, repeat until the school year is over. That was the scene during the bucolic days of the little red schoolhouse on the prairie. but nearly two centuries later, life isn't so simple...and neither is spelling. You have to prepare psychologically to be the best. Simply learning words (and…

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THE GREEK SOUND \F\ = PH

Audio blog post by Dr. Isaacs. Click to listen and read along! The sound \f\ is, simply put, a sound with a very reliable spelling in Greek-derived words. Spell it with ph, and you’ll most probably be set. This is because the single letter f did not exist in ancient Greece. However, the Greek letter phi did. (It originally sounded a bit like the sound \p\ in ancient Greek, but began to sound more like \f\ after the fourth century AD.) This rule is extremely – though not 100% –…

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THE TWO DISTINCT SOUNDS OF C AND G

Audio blog post by Dr. Isaacs. Click to listen and read along! One of the most basic lessons in phonics is that two consonants in the English alphabet each can make two distinct sounds. If you were lucky enough to learn phonics as a young child, you may find this particular blog post a bit easy. But if not, this will still be a simple lesson to learn. Let's go! The hard and soft sounds of C The letter c can make two distinct sounds: a hard sound \k\, as…

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