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Word Roots to Study for the Miller Analogies Test (MAT)

Word roots provide clues to a word’s definition; knowing word roots can help you tremendously on the MAT (Miller Analogies Test). A word root is a basic unit of a word that contains the most important [more…]

Prefixes to Study for the Miller Analogies Test (MAT)

The Miller Analogies Test (MAT) is all about word analogies. Understanding a word’s definition is often critical to success on the MAT, so memorizing common prefixes can help tremendously. [more…]

Learn Vocabulary for the Miller Analogies Test Using Mnemonics

The Miller Analogies Test (MAT) requires knowledge about a variety of subjects, and increasing your vocabulary is key to success on the MAT. Mnemonics are powerful tools for helping you master a vast vocabulary [more…]

Common “-ologies” to Know for the Miller Analogies Test

What are –ologies? They’re words that mean “the study of” — and they’re simply words that end in the suffix –ology. For the Miller Analogies Test (MAT), becoming familiar with the most common –ologies [more…]

Foreign Words to Study for the Miller Analogies Test

As if the English words on the MAT weren’t challenging enough, the Miller Analogies Test also includes some foreign words. Keep in mind that the foreign words on the MAT are words that are so commonly [more…]

Study Collective Nouns for the Miller Analogies Test

Collective nouns are words that stand for groups of things, and they should be a part of your Miller Analogies Test strategy. Collective nouns are among the most creative words in the English language. [more…]

Distinguish Commonly Confused Words for the Miller Analogies Test

Commonly confused words sound the same but have different meanings. Such word pairs can confuse you when you take the MAT. To properly prepare for the Miller Analogies Test, study these commonly confused [more…]

Suffixes to Study for the Miller Analogies Test (MAT)

The Miller Analogies Test (MAT) is all about word analogies. Understanding a word’s definition is often critical to success on the MAT. Word roots, prefixes, and suffixes can all be life preservers if [more…]

How to be Successful as a Micro-Entrepreneurial Writer

In order to be a successful writer and micro-entrepreneur, selecting the type of writing you will do is important. Writing is a diverse field, so in order to have a prosperous micro-entrepreneurial business [more…]

Debunking Speed-Reading Myths

You may have some preconceived ideas about what speed reading is. Don't worry, many people have erroneous ideas about the practice of speed reading, including the myths in the following list, all of which [more…]

Speed Reading For Dummies Cheat Sheet

You can use speed reading to enhance both your reading ability and your reading enjoyment. Some misconceptions about the speed reading method persist — pay no attention to them. By making slight adjustments [more…]

Legal and Management Issues for Micro-Entrepreneurial Self-Publishers

If you delve into the self-publishing world to make money or market your micro-entrepreneurial business without first handling important legal and management issues, you may face some potential problems [more…]

Raise Revenue and Market Your Micro-Entrepreneurial Business as a Freelance Writer

You can get paid as a freelance writer, and raise revenue for your micro-entrepreneurial business. You can also market your micro-entrepreneurial business, by writing articles with links to whatever your [more…]

Four Steps to Getting Paid More as a Micro-Entrepreneurial Writer

Writing for your micro-entrepreneurial business becomes truly profitable when you combine content, creative marketing, and a download structure for making your writing easily obtainable. This four step [more…]

How Phoneticians Measure Speech Melody

Phoneticians transcribe connected speech by marking how words and syllables go together and by following how the melody of language changes. Many phoneticians indicate pauses with special markings [more…]

How Phonetics Can Help You Understand Speech and Language Problems

Phoneticians use the International Phonetic Alphabet(IPA) to distinguish sound substitutions (one speech sound switched for another) from distortion (slurring or mistiming) errors. This information is [more…]

10 Cutting-Edge Phonetics Trends of the Future

Phonetics has come a long way since the good ol' days of Daniel Jones and his colleagues in London at the turn of the century. Technology and mass communication have revolutionized the field of phonetics [more…]

What Produces Speech: Your Speech Anatomy

A source-filter system produces human speech. Speech begins with a breathy source. The airflow beginning at the lungs causes sound to be produced through vibration and hissiness at the larynx [more…]

How Consonants Are Formed: The Manner of Articulation

You make consonants by completely or partially blocking airflow during speech. You can do this in different ways: you can completely block airflow, push air through a groove or slit to make a hissing sound [more…]

How Vowels Are Formed: Some Basic Vowel Types in Phonetics

You make vowels in a different way than consonants. Vowels don't involve air blockage, but instead require a more continual sound flow and sound shaping. Phoneticians describe vowel production in terms [more…]

Phonetics For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Phonetics is the scientific study of speech sounds. Phoneticians are interested in how people produce and understand speech sounds. Using symbols from the [more…]

Phonetics and Spectrograms: Putting Sounds on Paper

Spectrograms make speech visible and are one of the most popular displays used by phoneticians, speech scientists, clinicians, and dialectologists. A spectrogram is a readout that shows frequency on the [more…]

Known Errors in Phonetics For Dummies

To make sure the information in Phonetics For Dummies is technically correct and as clear as possible, the author reviewed the title again after publication. The errata document clarifies some points and [more…]

Putting Together Sentence Essentials

The basic unit of expression, a sentence is more than just a string of words. Here's what you need to put together a proper, complete sentence: [more…]

Writing Stylish Sentences

When it comes to writing stylish sentences, you have many choices. You can go vintage or opt for the latest thing to hit the runway as long as you don't violate the rules of grammar. Here are some points [more…]

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