Etyma Notes - Latin & Greek Collection
Hexco's EtymaNotes Collection is a set of "notebook-style" printed books for serious students who are preparing for an upcoming spelling bee or for those who are honing their spelling skills to improve their test scores. Understanding word roots and origins is often a key element in choosing the correct letters in a spelling bee since many words are spelled differently than they sound.
- Basic Latin - 150 Roots, 50 Prefixes, 25 Suffixes
- Intermediate Latin - 150 Roots, 50 Prefixes, 25 Suffixes
- Advanced Latin - 225 Roots
- Basic Greek - 150 Roots, 50 Prefixes, 25 Suffixes
- Intermediate Greek - 150 Roots, 50 Prefixes, 25 Suffixes
- Advanced Greek - 225 Roots
FAQ: Why do some spellers at the bee ask for the etymology of a word? Are they just buying time?
Some are just buying time, however many have studied language patterns and Greek and Latin roots. They are fishing for clues to spell an unfamiliar word. For instance, Japanese, Spanish, Greek and Latin words follow fairly consistent rules for spelling. Once you know these rules, and you know that a word is from one of these languages, your chance of guessing a correct spelling is increased enormously. Once you know, for instance, that the Greek root –phag- means to eat, you are equipped to spell a fairly large number of words, such as esophagus, sarcophagus, bibliophagous, and biophagous. These all appear to be 50-cent words, but they are spelled exactly like they sound once your know phag is pronounced in each of these words.
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