Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Mommy Maestra: Homeschool Essentials: Letter Tiles

Mommy Maestra: Homeschool Essentials: Letter Tiles

Oh!! I love this idea!! It is just BRILLIANT!!! Pull out your Scrabble game tiles, and have a go at these great game ideas!! Click this title to go directly to the page where this information is posted! You have to see the possibilities! You will like them, I know you will!!

Now, the only problem I have... I need to buy a set of Italian Scrabble (Scarabeo), as an Italian set is mostly vowels. Did you know that? Yup. My American set will not be sufficient to spell a lot of Italian words.

"If you're looking for the next linguistic challenge, try an Italian word game such as Scarabeo (Scrabble), Paroliere (Boggle) or a cruciverba (crossword puzzle). It's a great divertimento and a terrific way to improve your vocabulary skills...

If you're staring at a rack of Scarabeo tiles including the letters A, A, E, I, O, U, and L, don't despair! Consider these word oddities:

•aiuola (more or less it is said...Ah-ee-oo-long o-lah...flower bed) has 5 syllables and 6 letters; its plural AIUOLE is the shortest Italian word with all 5 vowels.
•funamboleschi (more or less it is said...foon-am-boh-leh-ski...about funambolists) longest word in Italian with no repeating letters
•calafatata (more or less it is said...Cah-lah-fah-tah-tah...caulked) has 5 A's. Other words with 5 A's are ASSATANATA (possessed by the devil), ACCAVALLATA (crossed), SANTABARBARA (powder-magazine), and ACCALAPPIACANI (dog hunters).
•effervescentemente (more or less it is said...eff-ehr-veh-shen-teh...sparklingly) has 7 E's.
•indivisibilissimi (more or less it is said...een-dee-vee-see-bee-lee-ssee-mee...very unsplittable) has 8 I's and no other vowels. INDIVISIBILI (unsplittable) has 6 I's and no other vowels.
•contropropongono (more or less it is said... cohn-troh-proh-pohn-goh-noh... they counterpropose) has the most O's.
•cuscussù or urubù (couscous and a kind of condor) have the most U's.
If after a shake of the Paroliere board game there are recognizable letter combinations amongst the game cubes, take advantage of the fact that Italian nouns have a pattern to their singular/plural endings. And since regular Italian verbs have consistent, repeating endings, use combinations such as -iamo, -ate, and -ano to form new words.
L-o-o-o-o-o-o-ng words
Besides word games, you can impress your friends with Italian word trivia. Here are a few examples of unusual Italian words:

•precipitevolissimevolmente (as fast as you can) is a word created in 1677 and is traditionally considered the longest word in Italian.
•sovramagnificentissimamente (in a very, very, very magnificent way, 27 letters) was used by Dante in "De vulgari eloquentia" in the 14th century but is unknown now.
•Chemical names and numbers can be even longer words. In Italian, 444,444 is quattrocentoquarantaquattromilaquattrocentoquarantaquattro and has 58 letters).
•anticostituzionalmente (anticonstitutionally) is described as the longest Italian word in common use."

(As quoted on About.com "Italian Language" post)..."

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