Using Context to Interpret Common Foreign Words: Lesson for Kids


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Use context to find the meaning of the word non sequitur in this sentence:

After he spent the afternoon explaining why people should not eat meat, Jason's request for a hamburger seemed like a non sequitur.

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1. How can context help you determine the meaning of an unfamiliar word?


My brother likes his pasta extra soft, but I like mine al dente.

What is the most likely meaning of al dente in this sentence?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and its attached worksheet will help you make sure you know how to identify foreign words by their context. See if you can correctly guess the meaning of different words.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Answer these quiz questions to find out if you understand

  • The importance of context to understanding a word
  • How to reason out the meaning of a word
  • The meaning of the word 'al dente'

Skills Practiced

  • Problem solving - use what you learned to solve word context practice problems
  • Understanding key ideas - make sure you can correctly explain main terms from their context, such as 'non sequitur' and 'al dente'
  • Remembering details - remember what you've learned about how to use context to figure out the definition of a word like 'doppelganger'

Additional Learning

If you want to know more about strategies to understand unfamiliar words, read the lesson titled Using Context to Interpret Common Foreign Words: Lesson for Kids. It explains:

  • Examples of unfamiliar word context
  • Visual use of context
  • The meaning of 'joie de vivre' and 'bona fide'