Master Your Memory by Ron Fry

Master Your Memory by Ron Fry

Author:Ron Fry
Language: eng
Format: epub
Publisher: Career Press
Published: 2016-01-27T05:00:00+00:00

Chapter 7

Remember English Vocabulary and Spelling and Foreign Languages

Our borrowed mother tongue, English, is perhaps the most democratic of all languages. Built on a Celtic base, it has freely admitted a multitude of words from other languages, particularly French, Latin, Greek, German, and a rich body of slang (from anywhere we could get it).

The oldest branches in this diverse family tree, Celtic and Old English, are the least amenable to some of the techniques we are about to learn. These are basically simple words, not built in the complicated fashion of Latinate and Greek terms.

However, as anyone addicted to crossword puzzles can tell you, our language is replete with myriad Romance words (those from French, Italian, and Spanish) that often can be dissected into rather simple elements.

The following chart contains approximately two dozen roots from Latin and Greek that contribute to thousands of English words.


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