Answer Key: Do you speak multiple languages?

Lesson Plan: Knowing Multiple Languages Can Make You a Spelling Champ!

Word Inference

  1. spelling bee |ˈspeliNG ˌbē| noun a spelling competition.
  2. multilingual |ˌməltēˈliNGɡwəlˌməltīˈliNGɡwəl|  adjective in or using several languages: a multilingual dictionary.
  3. polyglot  polyglot |ˈpälēˌɡlät| adjective knowing or using several languages: a polyglot career woman.
  4. immigrant  immigrant |ˈiməɡrənt| noun a person who comes to live permanently in a foreign country.
  5. agile |ˈajəl| adjective • able to think and understand quickly: his vague manner concealed an agile mind.
  6. disparate |ˈdispərətdəˈsperət| adjective essentially different in kind; not allowing comparison: they inhabit disparate worlds of thought.
  7. seesaw  |ˈsēˌsô| verb [no object] change rapidly and repeatedly from one position, situation, or condition to another and back again: the market seesawed as rumors spread of an imminent cabinet reshuffle.
  8. multiple |ˈməltəpəl| adjective • numerous and often varied: words with multiple meanings.
  9. dabble  |ˈdabəl| verb  [no object] take part in an activity in a casual or superficial way: he dabbled in writing as a young man.
  10. clue  |klo͞o| noun 1 a piece of evidence or information used in the detection of a crime or solving of a mystery: police officers are still searching for clues.

 

Source: New Oxford American Dictionary

Grammar Focus: Word -Recognition

Finding words in the honey comblike grid has also re-emphasized to me that English, like most languages in this globalized age, is already somewhat multilingual in nature. Sometimes we just forget that many of the words we use came to us from elsewhere.

Reading Comprehension Fill-ins

But many words, like croissant, have crossed the globe and exist independent of their origins. A Starbucks customer in America might order a “cruh-sant,” familiar with it because of her American upbringing. With this in mind, it’s been a joy to discover what foreign terms are now part of everyday American life.