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The untold spy story of WWI

In 1910 a proposed Alliance between Germany and France (See New York Times Article ) worried Britain so they sent someone to 'sniff around'.

The story is a personal journey of discovery set in the vibrant energy that is Zanzibar. Susan finds herself in the palace of the great Sultan of Zanzibar as private tutor to his children. She immerses herself in the heady experiences of that rich island. From making friends with her personal servant, Subira, to falling in love with Asim, a senior member of the Sultan's court. Susan delights in the discovery of Zanzibar and the discovery of herself. The only shadow being that she was recruited by British Military Intelligence as a spy. That compromises her love for Asim and will eventually cut the silken thread that is her journey into the exotic.

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Find the Little Words inside the Big Word


Words within words is when you find little words inside big words. It's just great. Remembering the little words will help to remember and speak the big words.

It is similar in Chinese where two single characters are put together to make up another third word, eg: 你,好, 你好

    Football - foot, ball

    Forget - for, get

    Hotdog - hot, dog

    Weekend - week, end

    Outcome - out, come

    Friendship - friend, ship


Of course, not all the 'little' words are complete words like the above examples. Many are just common vowels or sounds we get to know and sometimes they can just be a single letter (which tells you the sound to make)

In - ter - net             

be - cause            

tech - no - lo - gy

per - haps




es - pec - i - al - ly
vow - els
per - haps
hol - i - day
pro - bab - ly
bat - tle - ments



To work out where to split up words, place two fingers underneath your chin and say the word that you want to spell slowly.

Get a pen and a piece of paper and every time your chin moves up or down when you say the word you have found a small word! ( syllable)

This will help you to learn to speak and to spell hard words.

Try it and see! It really works ....



Are you having trouble remembering how to remember and spell words ?

Then try Mnemonics (say NEM- ON -IX). Mnemonics are brain tricks that will help you to remember those words. Here are some mnemonics for you to use.

   1 - PIEce of PIE

   2 - There is a LIE in beLIEve

   3 - Where ever there's a Q there is U too.

   4 - BECAUSE - Bunnies Eat Carrots And Uncle Sam's Eggs


   6 - FRIEND - Fri the End

   7 - KNIFE - k - nif -e

   8 - Was - Wally and Sam

   9 - Website - Where the spider sits

   10 - Teacher - There is an ACHE in every teacher.

You can also make up some of your own to help you remember your spelling words.


If you are learning English as a second language, do not get too worried about the sounds of the small words, or syllable or letters.

Put them all together and give it a try.

Most people who can speak English will want to help you and will hear the word you are trying to say. They will help you to say the word correctly.

The main thing about learning a second language is not to be afraid to use it.