Answer key: Emojis

Lesson plan: Are Emojis A New Language? …Maybe

II. While Reading Tasks

Word Inference

  1. interpret |inˈtərprit| verb- (interprets, interpreting, interpreted) [ with obj. ] explain the meaning of (information, words, or actions): the evidence is difficult to interpret.
  2. device diˈvīs| noun-a thing made or adapted for a particular purpose, esp. a piece of mechanical or electronic equipment: a measuring device.
  3. express |ikˈspres| verb-convey (a thought or feeling) in words or by gestures and conduct: he expressed complete satisfaction.
  4. consortium |kənˈsôrSH(ē)əm, -ˈsôrtēəm| (pl. consortia |-tēə, -SH(ē)ə| or consortiums) noun-an association, typically of several business companies.
  5. tuxedo |təkˈsēdō|noun (pl. tuxedos or tuxedoes) A tuxedo (American English, also colloquially known as “tux”) or dinner suit, dinner jacket or DJ is a formal evening suit for men.
  6. drool |dro͞ol| verb [ no obj. ]drop saliva uncontrollably from the mouth: the baby begins to drool, then to cough.
  7. standardized |ˈstandərˌdīz| verb [ with obj. ] cause (something) to conform to a standard: the editors failed to standardize the spelling of geographic names.
  8. hieroglyphics |ˌhī(ə)rəˈglifik| noun- enigmatic or incomprehensible symbols or writing: tattered notebooks filled with illegible hieroglyphics.
  9. represent |ˌrepriˈzent| verbdepict (a particular subject) in a picture or other work of art: santos are small wooden figures representing saints.
  10. conceivable |kənˈsēvəbəl| adjective-capable of being imagined or grasped mentally: a mass uprising was entirely conceivable | it was photographed from every conceivable angle.

Sources: New Oxford American Dictionary
Oxford American Writer’s Thesaurus

Reading Comprehension


1. I can tell you, using language, I need to go get a haircut, but only if I can get there by 3 p.m., and otherwise I have to pick up the kids,” he said.

2. You try to express that in emoji and you get a series of symbols that people could interpret in a thousand different ways.

3. In an interview last week, Mr. Davis discussed the latest group of 67 images, set for a vote at the consortium’s meeting next spring.

4. The Unicode Consortium is sometimes labeled mysterious .

5. In deciding which emojis to add, the Unicode Consortium considers factors including compatibility.

6. The group of potential new emojis includes a large number of sports icons. That was to accommodate people texting during the next Olympics.