Saturday, February 28

Friday, February 20

English and spelling

Some english words are spelt similarly, but the prononciation varies across the globe. Spelling plays a very important role in reading.

"When our spelling is perfect, it's invisible. But when it's flawed, it prompts strong negative associations".--Marilyn vos Savant

No one notices the punctuation mistakes, but the poor spelling creates an impression about that person. But what if there are silly mistakes? Will that form an apprehension about the person?
Yes spelling is import for reading, writing and distingushing the words, but what if there is a small mistake in the spelling? Will that person be branded ?

The Importance of Spelling
by Susan Jones, M. Ed.  2/2009

Spelling over the last few years has been the subject of a commonly mailed piece of Internet "wisdom." And I quote:

 Aoccdrnig to rscheearch by the Lngiusiitc Dptanmeret at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a total mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.

Translation: According to research by the Linguistic Department at Cambridge University, it doesn't matter in what order the letters in a word are, the only important thing is that the first and last letter be at the right place.  The rest can be a total mess and you can still read it without a problem. This is because the human mind does not read every letter by itself, but the word as a whole.

This paragraph has been widely circulated on the Internet since 2003, and it is still referred to, either as a point of interest or to defend inconsistent (poor) spelling, or choosing not to teach it. Is it because it rings of the truth that it makes scholars and educators cringe? Hardly. Among other things, there was no such research, and the words in the passage don't follow the rule of "only the first and last words matter."  It's a myth. It is fluent readers who can figure out this highly predictable text – and the path to fluent reading includes a firm foundation in the sounds represented by letters and their spelling .

When speaking spelling means absolutely nothing, but while writing it does. But if you are making silly mistakes then:

Monday, February 16

Quibble of language pursuit

                           cue vs queue, here are the different ways where these two words!

A queue of more than forty people
snaked their way down the pavement to enter the game hall,
The big bellied guard reminded that
the gunshot was the cue to enter the hall,
the hall was huge with a center billiard table,
and the game began with the strike
There was a man with ta perfect queue at the back of his head,
and the way he stroke the balls in the pool,
was a cue of his mastery of the game

Sunday, January 18


This post is part of the blog tag titled, The CBC Tablog - 3, where CBC stands for Chennai Bloggers Club, a group where bloggers from Chennai gather and discuss everything under the sky including blogging and blogs. About 20 bloggers from Chennai are participating in this blog tag where  we will write about our favorite city Chennai and how it stands as a testament to the blend of the traditional and the modern. So here's my post for the CBC tablog - 3
read the previous post here

அன்றைய மதராஸ் மேன்மையா?
இன்றைய சென்னை செழுமையா?
பட்டிமன்றமா? இல்லை!!இல்லை
பகருவோம் உண்மையை

மந்தைகள் மேயும் புல்வெளி மந்தைவெளி-இன்று
சந்தைகள் நிறைந்த சந்துகளானதே!!

மயில்கள் ஆடி அழககூட்டிய மயிலாப்பூரிலோ-இன்று
மனிதத்  தலை தவிர வேறில்லையே!!

பூந்தோட்டமாய் பூத்துக்குலுங்கிய நந்தனம்-இன்று
பூவுலகம் வியக்கும் நாகரீக முன்னேற்றம் கண்டதே!!

ஆதி அந்தமுமாகிய சிவனின் திரிசூலம்
ஆதி அந்ததையும் இணைக்கும் விமான நிலையமானதே!!

அல்லிமலர் குளங்களால் நிறையப் பெற்ற திருஅல்லிக்கேணி
அடுக்குமாடி குடியிருப்புகளால் நிறைந்து போனதே!!

வண்டல்மண் படுகையான வண்டலூர் இன்று
விலங்குகளின் சரணாலயமானதே!!

வில்வமரங்களால் சூழப்பட்ட வில்லிவாக்கம் இன்று
வீட்டுமனை விரிவாக்க திட்டத்தால் விரிந்து பரந்து போனதே!!

இன்னும் சொல்லாம் இப்படியான மாற்றங்களை,
மாற்றங்களே மாறும்!இதுதான் நியதி!!

நீரோட்டத்தின் பாதையிலே பயணிப்போம்.

மாற்றங்களை மனகட்டுப்பாட்டுடன் ஏற்போம்.
மனமொத்த கருத்துடன் வாழ்வோம்.

image: google

For those who do not read Tamil, Here is the exact translation in English!

Andraiya Madras menmaiya?
Indraiya chennai chezhumaiya?
Pattimandrama? Illai Ilaai
Pagaruvom unmaiyai.

Mandhaigal meyum pulveli Mandaiveli-Indru
sandhaigal niraindha sandhaiyanathe!!

Mayilgal Aadi azhakoottiya Mayilapoorilo-Indru
Manitha thalai thavira verillaiye!!

Poonthottamai Pooththukulungiya Nandhanam- Indru
Poovulagu viyakkum Nagariga Munnetram kandathe!!

Aadhi andhamumagiya sivanin idamana Thirisulam Indru
Aadhi andhathaiyum inaikkum vimananilaiyamanathe!!

Allimalar kulangalal niraiyappetra Thiru allikeni-Indru
Adukkumadi kudiyiruppukalal niraindhu ponathe!!

Vandalman paduhaiyana Vandalur-Indru
Vilangukalin saranalayamanathe!!

Vilvamarangalal soolappatta villivakkam-Indru
Veettumanaivirivakka thittaththal virindhu parandhu ponoathe!!

Innum sollalam ippadiyana matrangalai
Matrangale marum! Idhudhan niyathi!

Neerottathin pathaiyile payanippom

Matrangalai manakattuppattudan erpom.

Manmotha karuthudan vazhvom.

I would really like to thank my mom (Gayathri) helping me to place the correct tamil words in the sentences and to write the poem!!

I pass the baton to ASHA SUNIL-SAISHYAM :) and looking forward to her thoughts on the same.