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Decoding Skills

Some help along the way with a short vowel, long vowel, and consonant. Thanks to Mary Kay Linge who in her Reading Tutor points: 1. When one vowel appears between two consonants, the vowel usually says its short sound. 2. If there is an e at the end of a word, the vowel sound is long and the e is not pronounced -it's silent. 3. A vowel before a doubled consonant says its short sound. 4. When two vowels appear together, we usually hear only the first vowel, and it says its long sound(or, "When two vowels go walking, the first does the talking") 5. When a word has only one vowel and it appears at the end of the word, it usually says its long sound. 6. When c or g comes immediately before a,o or u we say its hard sound. 7. When c or g comes immediately before e, i, o or y we say its soft sound. However, there are many exceptions to every one of the rules, and learning them will only come with time and reading experience. No wonder so many struggle!

To Understand and Contractions

I wrote: "It come to my understanding..." -> "I have come to understand..." or simply "I understand..." "It has come to my attention..." could work too, but isn't really intended to be used like this, I don't believe. "Respect to the..." -> "With respect to the..." "Normal" contractions are fine even in formal writing (though not in legal writing), as long as they're not overused and not "slang" (jerga?) such as "ain't" (am not / is not).

More Language Corrections

Take note: "I don't care whether you call on me..." -> "I don't care whether you call me..." "...but we are going to polishing it (getting better)..." -> "...but we are going to polish it (improve it)..." or "...but we are going to be polishing it (improving it)..." however the (getting better/improve/improving) is redundant since that's what "polishing it" means as an expression. "...with teens in the High School even so I know superior Math." -> "...with teens in High School even though I know superior math." (or you could say "university-level math", if that's what "matemáticas universitarias" means) "I don't understand the correlationship." -> "I don't understand the correlation." or "I don't understand the relationship."