Spelling bee..

What is it ? A spelling bee is a competition in which contestants are asked to spell a broad selection of words, usually with a varying degree of difficulty. E niente di certo in Inglese NON possiamo certo dire “si legge come si scrive’. Nel post di ieri presentavo alcuni diversi modi in cui si pronuncia la combinazione “OUGH”. Per non parlare poi delle letter mute…e lo dico sempre sempre sempre.. la L di TALK NON si pronuncia; che dire poi della K di KNOW?


Pronunciation Frustration ?

E niente va cosi in Inglese :

CouGH > F sound

EnouGH > F sound

TouGH > F sound

ma …

BouGH > W sound

ThouGH > Loooong O sound

ThrouGH > OOH sound



1. Which of these elements are features of word stress? (Mark all that apply)

  • Grammar
  • Letters
  • Loudness
  • Length
  • Pitch
  • Number of syllables
  • Prefixes

2. Check all statements that are true:

  • There are different stress levels for “long” words: primary stress, secondary stres, tertiary stress.
  • Word stress will not influence pronunciation.
  • Suffixes do not influence the placement of word stress.
  • Every word of 2 syllables or more will have at least one syllable which is stressed.
  • Word stress placement may vary in certain cases depending on the variety of English (example: British English vs. American English, etc).



E lo sapevate che la parola “shampoo” ha origini indiane?

Definition: to wash (as the hair) with soap and water or with a special preparation

The word shampoo had a markedly different meaning when it first entered the English language in the middle of the 18th century. It comes from the Hindi and Urdu cā̃po, which is the imperative of cā̃pnā (“to press, massage”), and in its earliest use retained the meaning of “massage.” The sense of shampoo meaning “to wash the hair of” did not enter common use until the middle of the 19th century.

Shampooing is an operation not known in Europe, and is peculiar to the Chinese, which I had once the curiosity to go through, and for which I paid but a trifle. 

—Charles Frederick Noble, A Voyage to the East Indies, 1765