titi is "tish" as in petition;
and missi is "mish" as in mission.
(a, ma, mag, magi, magic, magician) 7 changes.
For counters, there are three changes that occur
when magic becomes magician. Note the consistency
The word a is
pronounced "uh" not "ay".
Change # 1. If we add
front of a
we get ma
which rhymes with fa, la, tra, da and
pa. All single syllable words ending in
a rhyme with
ma. That is 100% phonic pattern
Change #2. Add the
letter g to
ma and we get
Notice the g
changes the sound of the vowel from "ah" to short a.
Mag rhymes with bag, lag, flag, rag, brag,
tag, stag, nag, snag, etc. All single syllable
words ending in -ag rhyme. That is 100%
phonic pattern consistency.
Change #3. Add the
letter i to
and we get Magi
(Madge eye). Notice the letter
i changes the sound of the
g to that of
over 90% of letter combinations in which the letter
g is followed
by i or
e, the sound
of the letter g
That is phonic pattern regularity.
Change #4. Add the
letter c and
we get magic.
Notice that the letter c
changes the sound of the long i to
a short i. All words
are pronounced just as if they were spelled
ick as in
That is 100% phonic pattern consistency. But
follows the pattern of the "fancy" words. The
simple words end -ick. But don't panic.
And don't pan Nick!
Changes #5 & 6 & 7. Add
the letters ian
and we get magician.
The ending first changes the sound of the second
letter (a) back to "uh." It now shifts the
accent to the letters gici
(JISH) and changes the sound of the letter c into
the "sh" sound and makes it "muh JISH un."
This was just a
on how endings affect the beginnings of words.
Our language may not have perfect letter by letter
phonic correspondence, but the patterns are nearly
100% consistent. We need to teach the phonic
patterns of our language to most students.