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#155 Big Lig Ties

2/1/2018
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The Latin root lig and its variants li and ly mean “tie.” This Latin root is the word origin of a good number of English vocabulary words, including ligament, reliable and rely. The root lig is easily recalled via the word obligation, for an obligation “ties” you to the doing of something. Like this? Build a competent vocabulary with Membean.

Duration:00:02:48

#154 Be No Longer Separated from "Se-"

1/15/2018
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Prefixes are key morphemes in English vocabulary that begin words. A large number of English vocabulary words contain the prefix se-, which means “apart.” Examples using this prefix include separate, secret and select. An easy way to remember that the prefix se- means “apart” is through the word secure, for when you feel secure you are “apart” from worrying or undue care about something potentially troubling. Like this? Build a competent vocabulary with Membean.

Duration:00:02:33

#153 No Low Queue for Talking Now!

11/15/2017
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The Latin root loqu and its variant locut mean “speak.” These roots are the word origins of a fair number of English vocabulary words, including eloquent, loquacious, elocution, and circumlocution. The roots loqu and locut are easily recalled through the words soliloquy, or a “talking” by oneself, and interlocutor, or a person with whom you are “talking” or conversing. Like this? Build a competent vocabulary with Membean.

Duration:00:03:01

#152 "Fort" Makes Your Vocabulary Strong!

11/1/2017
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The Latin root fort means “strong.” This Latin root is the word origin of a large number of English vocabulary words, including effort, comfort, and forte. The root fort is easily recalled via the word fort, for a “fort” is a “strong” building constructed so as to withstand enemy attack. Like this? Build a competent vocabulary with Membean.

Duration:00:02:59

#151 Dissect Words with Sect!

10/16/2017
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The Latin root sect means “cut.” This Latin root is the word origin of a good number of English vocabulary words, including insect, dissect, and intersect. The root sect is easily recalled via the word section, for a section is a “cut”-off piece of a larger whole. Like this? Build a competent vocabulary with Membean.

Duration:00:02:37

#150 Cultivate "Cult" and Grow Your Vocabulary!

9/30/2017
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The Latin root cult means “grow.” This Latin root is the word origin of a good number of English vocabulary words, including culture, cultivate and horticulture. The root cult is easily recalled via the word agriculture, for agriculture is the “growing” of plants via farming. Like this? Build a competent vocabulary with Membean.

Duration:00:02:31

#149 Father Pat R

9/1/2017
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The Latin root patr means “father.” This Latin root is the word origin of a fair number of English vocabulary words, including paternity, pattern, and patron. The root patr is easily recalled via the word patriotic, as someone who is acting in a patriotic fashion is supporting the "father"land. Like this? Build a competent vocabulary with Membean.

Duration:00:02:33

#148 "Anim" Animates Words

6/1/2017
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The Latin root anim means “mind” or “spirit.” This Latin root is the word origin of a good number of English vocabulary words, including unanimous, animated, and animosity. The root anim is easily recalled via the word animal, for an animal is a living, moving creature and so contains a “spirit” and “mind.” Like this? Build a competent vocabulary with Membean.

Duration:00:02:40

#147 Mother Matr Does Matter

5/15/2017
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The Latin root matr means “mother.” This Latin root is the word origin of a good number of English vocabulary words, including matriarch, material, and matter. The root matr is easily recalled via the word maternal, for a woman who acts in a maternal fashion is being “motherly.” Like this? Build a competent vocabulary with Membean.

Duration:00:02:28

#146 May Dur Be Hard and Durable

5/1/2017
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The Latin root dur means “hard.” This Latin root is the word origin of a good number of English vocabulary words, including endure, during, and duration. The root dur is easily recalled via the word endure, for if you can endure a trial, you are “hard” enough to withstand its challenges. Like this? Build a competent vocabulary with Membean.

Duration:00:02:16

#145 "Stat" Stands at the Ready!

4/14/2017
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The Latin root stat and its variant stit mean “stand.” This Latin root is the word origin of a large number of English vocabulary words, including state, statue, constitution and superstition. The root stat is easily recalled via the word stationary or “standing” still, whereas stit can be recalled via institute, to make something like an organization “stand” by creating it. Like this? Build a competent vocabulary with Membean.

Duration:00:03:35

#144 Go Get "It"!

3/31/2017
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The Latin root it means “go.” This Latin root is the word origin of and so “goes” through a number of English vocabulary words, including transit, ambition, and initials. The root it is easily recalled via the word exit, which is the part of the building where you “go” out. Like this? Build a competent vocabulary with Membean.

Duration:00:02:55

#143 Burst Open Words with "Rupt"

3/16/2017
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The Latin root rupt means “burst.” This Latin root is the word origin of a good number of English vocabulary words, including disrupt, rupture, and interrupt. The root rupt is easily recalled via the word bankrupt, for if you’ve gone bankrupt your bank account has “burst,” spilling out all its contents and leaving you with no money! Like this? Build a competent vocabulary with Membean.

Duration:00:02:06

#142 Time Is "Temp"orary

2/28/2017
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The Latin root temp means “time.” This Latin root is the word origin of a fair number of English vocabulary words, including contemporary, temporary, and the Latin phrase tempus fugit. The root temp is easily recalled via the word tempo, as the tempo of a piece of music is the “timing” of it, that is, whether it goes at a fast or slow pace when played. Like this? Build a competent vocabulary with Membean.

Duration:00:02:40

#141 "Rule" the Root "Arch"

2/16/2017
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The Greek root arch means “rule.” This Greek root is the word origin of a fair number of English vocabulary words, including matriarch, patriarch, and oligarchy. The root arch is easily recalled via the word anarchy, which is a period of time in which there is no “rule” at all in a country. Like this? Build a competent vocabulary with Membean.

Duration:00:02:41

#140 Ag and Ig "Do" It All

2/1/2017
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The Latin root ag and its variant ig mean “do.” These roots are the word origins of a fair number of English vocabulary words, including agent, agile, litigate, and castigate. The roots ag and ig are easily recalled through the words agenda, or things to be “done,” and navigate, the “doing” or “driving” of a ship. Like this? Build a competent vocabulary with Membean.

Duration:00:03:02

#139 Actors Act or "Do" It!

1/15/2017
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The Latin root act means “do.” This Latin root is the word origin of a large number of English vocabulary words, including actor, action, and active. The root act is easily recalled via the word act, for an act is something having been “done.” Like this? Build a competent vocabulary with Membean.

Duration:00:02:35

#138 What the "Fus" Is All About

1/1/2017
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The Latin root fus means “pour.” This Latin root is the word origin of a good number of English vocabulary words, including fusion, fuse, and confuse. The root fus is easily recalled via the word refuse, for to refuse to do something asked of you is to “pour” the request right back to the person doing the requesting! Like this? Build a competent vocabulary with Membean.

Duration:00:02:41

#136 Run the Curr Course

11/15/2016
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The Latin root word curr means “run.” This Latin root is the word origin of a number of English vocabulary words through which it “runs,” including currency, cursor, and curriculum. The root curr is easily recalled via an ocean current, which “runs” by itself since it is surrounded by waters that are relatively still. Like this? Build a competent vocabulary with Membean.

Duration:00:02:26

#134 The Intensive Prefix "Ob-"

10/15/2016
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The prefix ob-, besides meaning “against” or “towards,” can also act as an intensive prefix. An intensive prefix can effectively be translated as “thoroughly” to highlight its emphatic function. The intensive nature of the prefix ob- shows up in such words as obtuse and obdurate. An example to help remember this intensive prefix is the word obtain, for when you obtain something you “thoroughly” hold onto it. Like this? Build a competent vocabulary with Membean.

Duration:00:02:46