Anagrams and Palindromes with Examples

What are anagrams? Anagrams are words that are formed by rearranging the letters of another word.  Anagrams can also be applied to phrases and sentences.  Anagrams can be considered as a form of word play and are also used in word puzzles. Examples of anagrams Can you form an anagram by rearranging the letters of the word “listen?”  What do you need to do in order to listen while another person is speaking in an effective manner?  Yes, you need to be silent.  Is it not amazing?  Listen and silent contain the same letters and are anagrams.  Can you now figure out the anagram for the word “raising?”  It has a similar meaning.  Yes, it is “arising.”  What about the anagram for the word “section?”  Anagrams are similar to figuring out jumbled words.  In anagrams, the original letters do form … Continue reading

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A Few Tricky Spelling Words with Silent Letters

In Spelling Bee contests, words that can stump contestants include tricky spelling words with silent letters. Contestants can prepare a special list of such words with such tricky spelling words containing silent letters. Let us look at a few tricky spelling words with silent letters, and perhaps, you can add some more. A Few Tricky Spelling Words with Silent Letters Silent C Tricky Spelling Words: The silent c can stump contestants and confuse them. For example, if you consider the word, miscellaneous, the c seems silent. In addition, it is a long word, so chances of missing the c are high. It is indeed a tricky silent c spelling word. What about resuscitate? This can also stump students as it seems as if the c is not pronounced. In such tricky spelling words, the consonants “s” and “c” together form … Continue reading

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Spelling Bee Tips | How to Prepare for Spelling Bee Contests

Spelling Bee Contests are becoming more popular in India.  In the US, the Scripps National Spelling Bee Competition is a prestigious contest.  Many Indian American children have performed well in this contest.  What does it take to do well in a spelling bee contest?  How can one become a champion speller?  Whether one goes far in the contest or wins it or not, participating in such spelling bee contests can be loads of fun.  Let us look at a few Spelling Bee Tips. Spelling Bee Tips | How to Prepare for Spelling Bee Contests Read extensively and make a careful note of spellings:  An enhanced vocabulary will ensure that students perform well in Spelling Bee contests.  Looking up the meaning of not so familiar and new words in the dictionary helps students familiarize themselves with more words. Learn about the … Continue reading

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Life Skills | How to Improve Soft Skills and Communication Skills

Soft skills are an individual’s personality traits, values and ethics, communication skills and attitudes that help an individual to have healthy interactions with others.  Soft skills and communication skills are becoming more and more important in the collaborative atmosphere of many work cultures today.  Moreover, having good soft skills help students navigate well through any aspect in life.  Schools and colleges are nowadays having soft skill sessions in order to help students become better team players and for having effective interpersonal relationships.  Let us briefly discuss how one can improve soft skills and communication skills which is an essential life skill. Life Skills | How to Improve Soft Skills and Communication Skills Become an Active Participant in Discussions and Debates:  One way of improving soft skills is to actively participate in discussions and debates.  This will help you practice communication … Continue reading

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Life Skills | 5 Anger Management Tips

Anger is a natural emotion to a threatening or disturbing situation that human beings express.  However, anger needs to be expressed in an appropriate manner.  Otherwise, it can lead to dangerous consequences.  Let us discuss 5 Anger Management Tips as it is an essential life skill. Life Skills | 5 Anger Management Tips Cool down:  The most important thing to do when you feel that you are fuming with anger is to first cool down.  This will help you react in a composed and appropriate manner.  This can be done by breathing in and out and counting from 1 to 10 each time you inhale and exhale.  Then, when you do react, you will be able to put your point across in a firm but calm manner.  You will thus be able to assert yourself and probably diffuse the situation.  … Continue reading

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Life Skills | Friends and Peers, Peer Pressure – Negative and Positive

Friendship is one of the greatest blessings given to humanity. Here is a lovely quote by Helen Keller which beautifully exemplifies friendship, “So long as the memory of certain beloved friends lives in my heart, I shall say that life is good.” – Helen Keller There are many positive aspects of friendship.  Friends and peers can influence us in not only positive ways but also in negative ways.  Let us now look at one aspect of friendship which is peer pressure, both negative and positive. What is peer pressure? Peers are members of the same social group and can include friends.  Thus, peer pressure involves being forced or influenced by a peer group to do something in order to be accepted or to fit in with the group. Peer Pressure-Negative and Positive Peer pressure can have both negative and positive … Continue reading

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