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Steve Mitchell

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¨  How did learning Latin and Greek Roots help you?
¨  What have you learned since you started learning to now?
¨  Do you want to work that many hours a week?
¨  Why do you do what you do when you could have a job with much more authority?
¨  Do you enjoy all the things you do?
¨  How long have you been doing your job?
¨  What is anthropology?
¨  How would you feel if you did not have cars, airplanes, trains, radio, crayons or pencils?
¨  Do you like playing a guitar in a band?
¨  Do you have a favorite kind of flower?
¨  Is it fun for you to collect books and study a lot of things?

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QUESTION:
How did learning Latin and Greek roots help you?

ANSWER from Steve Mitchell on 24 May 2002:
Let's say you are reading the word "credulous."  The root here is from the Latin "creditus" which means to trust.  If someone gives you credit, what are they saying about you?  The ending "ulous" means "having the quality of."  So if you put them together (creditus + ulous), you can figure out what the meaning is without using the dictionary.  The dictionary says that it means "ready to believe on slight or uncertain evidence."  Can you see why the dictionary might say that?

Medical terms are full of these kinds of words. What do you think a doctor is talking about if he says someone has "pericarditis?"  What if we break it apart into its prefix + root + suffix like peri + cardio + itis?  If "peri" is Greek for "around" and "cardio" is "heart" and "itis" is an ending that means the "inflammation of" what do we have?  What if someone has pancreatitis?  I think you can get the idea now.  (Notice that there is no "peri" prefix in this one!)  How about "rhinitis?"  Hint, to what do you think the name "Rhino" refers?

Share these sites with your teacher!  They look like fun.
http://www.takeourword.com/theory.html#How
http://www.knownet.net/users/Ackley/vocabroot.html

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QUESTION:
What have you learned since you started learning to now?

ANSWER from Steve Mitchell on 24 May 2002:
I have reinforced my opinion that the biggest difference between a smart person and an ignorant one, is that the smart one knows he/she doesn't know everything, and it is alright to ask questions.

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QUESTION:
Do you want to work that many hours a week?

ANSWER from Steve Mitchell on 24 May 2002:
Not really.  If I could get it all done in 40 hours and spend the rest of my time dancing, I would like that better.

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QUESTION:
Why these jobs when you can be a governor, a mayor, anything that has a lot of power over land and people?

ANSWER from Steve Mitchell on 24 May 2002:
Nobody is ever as powerful as he/she thinks.  They always have to answer to somebody.  For example, if people are not happy with [California Governor] Gray Davis, he can be unemployed in a couple years.  As it is, I impact the livelihoods of over one hundred people directly as a member of my management team.

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QUESTION:
Do you enjoy all the things you do?

ANSWER from Steve Mitchell on 24 May 2002:
Yes I do.  I have other things that I enjoy that I don't have time to do.  So, if I ever get bored I can go do something else I am interested in for a while.

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QUESTION:
How long have you been doing your job?

ANSWER from Steve Mitchell on 24 May 2002:
The contract manager job I have been doing about 9 months.  I have worked for NASA over twenty years.

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QUESTION:
What is anthropology?

ANSWER from Steve Mitchell on 24 May 2002:
Anthropology is the study of people and things that relate to people.  Do you think there might be a reason for people wearing the kinds of clothes that they do?  Why do people eat the kinds of foods that they do?  Why do some people live in thatch-roofed houses?  It is usually not just because something looks good or tastes good.  In engineering we say that form follows function.  Why do you think that Indians live(d) in Teepees but the tribes in Africa do not?  How are they similar and how are they dissimilar?  Do you think that nomadic people might live in different kinds of houses than those with fixed pasture and garden areas?  What if you could only find remains of the houses that people lived in: could you figure out what kind of lifestyle the occupants would have?

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QUESTION:
How would you feel if you did not have cars, airplanes, trains, radio, crayons or pencils?

ANSWER from Steve Mitchell on 24 May 2002:
I would have to do a different kind of work probably within a mile of my house.  I would have to go to the library to read newspapers and books.  I may have to write things on a slate with a piece of charcoal from the fireplace.

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QUESTION:
Do you like playing a guitar in a band?

ANSWER from Steve Mitchell on 24 May 2002:
Oh yes.  I can make a lot of noise and pretty girls come to see me.

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QUESTION:
Do you have a favorite kind of flower?

ANSWER from Steve Mitchell on 24 May 2002:
I like tulips for their shape, I like roses for their smell, and I like pansies for their design.

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QUESTION:
Is it fun for you to collect books and study a lot of other things?

ANSWER from Steve Mitchell on 24 May 2002:
Yes, and I find new things to be interested in every day.

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