Spelling Rules, Jacques, hot garlicky shrimps and the tsar

I love mnemonics! As a French teacher I’d introduce my classes each year to Mrs Vandertramp for revising verbs which take être in the perfect tense.

Since I began learning Russian I’ve been hearing often about the “Seven letter spelling rule “or the “five letter spelling rule” – or even, today the “eight letter spelling rule”. I’ve identified the letters but was hoping some kind soul had come up with some mnemonics to remember them. And indeed someone has! It’s a bit contrived, but then mnemonics often are. It’s fun anyway. Watch this video to get the story behind how “Crisp garlicky hot shrimp with fresh chips was chosen by Jacques for the tsar”…


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