What Are Cognates? - Definition & Examples


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What language branch of the Indo-European family does English come from?

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1. A(n) _____ is a word that comes from the same origin as a word from a different language.

2. Based on what you know about cognates, what would you expect the class to be about if your Spanish-speaking instructor told you, ''Lección de biología de hoy es en microbiología?''

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet will help define how well you understand cognates. Topics on the quiz include the origins of the English language and how to describe the origins of words.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The worksheet and quiz will ask you to do the following:

  • Interpret a sentence in Spanish
  • Identify where given languages belong, with respect to how they were originally formed
  • Recognize the origin of a specific English word

Skills Practiced

The following will be covered:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on cognates
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding different languages and their corresponding language branches and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the branches of Indo-European languages

Additional Learning

More learning is available from the lesson called What Are Cognates? - Definition & Examples. Throughout the lesson, you'll be covering the following objectives:

  • Know what similarities cognates have
  • Understand how to break down a word's etymology
  • Assess examples of a cognate in different languages