First SpellGenius Workshop & Invitational Bee in the Bay Area

Mathus Academy's first SpellGenius Workshop & Invitational Bee in the Bay Area was conducted on September 23 Sunday at the Braly Elementary School in Sunnyvale, CA. It was attended by over 100 highly motivated children from all over Northern California…


It’s all Greek & Latin: Introduction to languages of origin - Greek & Latin

     Some of the most interesting, common, and beautiful languages to learn about are Greek and Latin. They have constantly influenced each other in the evolution of the English language. Together, these languages make up 60 percent of the English language…


Introduction to language of origin: German

     The German language is a harsh, guttural language that is widely used in European countries.  It’s heavily used in Spelling Bees, due to the tendency for random consonants to be added, and the eccentric spelling of simple sounds. In fact, there are 7,368…


Introduction to language of origin: Italian

     The Italian language stems directly from Latin, just like other Romance languages such as Spanish, Portuguese, and French. The first documents written in vernacular (the language usually spoken by the general population) date back to 960. These documents…


Pardon my French: Introduction to language of origin - French

     French is a beautiful romance language that is a direct offshoot of Vulgar Latin. Due to its silent letters and nasal sounds, French is one of the most commonly used languages in Spelling Bees. The first known use of a form of French was in the year 842…