6th Grade - Foreign Words

 
     
 
     
 
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6th
Vocabulary
Foreign words
Recognize the origins and meanings of frequently used foreign words in English and use these words accurately in speaking and writing.
Be able to recognize and correctly produce high-frequency foreign words used in English
 

Sample Problems

(1)

What do think it means to do something ad nauseam?

(2)

How do you think an aficionado feels?

(3)

What do you think an enfant terrible would do?

(4)

How were you able to guess the meanings of these words?

(5)

What language gave us the words machete, rodeo, and lasso? Do you know other words from this language (Spanish)?

Learning Tips

(1)

Listen to song “Michelle” by the Beatles (lyrics at http://www.lyricsdomain.com/2/beatles/michelle.html). Ask your child to guess meaning of the French words. How did he/she come to these guesses?

(2)

Guess the language of origin: renegade, savvy, tornado, vamoose. (Spanish) Can you define these words? Can you use all four in a sentence?

(3)

Guess the language of origin: typhoon, kumquat, wok, yen. (Chinese) Can you define these words? Can you use all four in a sentence?

(4)

Guess the language of origin: kimono, samurai, kamikaze, tsunami. (Japanese) Can you define these words? Can you use all four in a sentence?

(5)

Guess the language of origin: brunette, chic, faux pas, rendezvous. (French) Can you define these words? Can you use all four in a sentence?

(6)

Use a dictionary to look up the original meaning of the foreign words.


(7)

Watch a foreign movie with subtitles –- can you use any foreign words to discuss the film?

Extra Help Problems

(1)

Print Foreign Words and Phrases list from http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0001619.html. Highlight 10-20 you feel are most important. Child makes flash cards with definition and small drawing of each. Quiz your child on the words.

(2)

Choose one of the countries of origin and write a one-page report including location, population, exports, weather, and one regional food.

(3)

Read about French food at http://french.about.com/od/vocabulary/a/menu_3.htm. Discuss what foods you would choose to eat or serve at home.

(4)

Choose your favorite foreign words and phrases to include in a funny story. Highlight these words in different colors according to their language of origin.

(5)

What does “ciao” mean? (Hello, goodbye)

(6)

What is a “rendezvous”? (meeting)

(7)

What is a “tete-a-tete”? (private conversation)

(8)

If something is “kaput,” what does that mean? (finished)

(9)

If you wanted to take a “siesta,” what are you doing? (resting)

 

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