Cognates are more than 25,000 frequently used English words that are unmistakably understood by Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian and Catalan speakers, among others. These words are found not only in isolation but also forming thousands of Cognate Collocations and even fully comprehensible statements thanks to a common Subject-Verb-Object Cognate Syntax.
This site promotes the use of Cognate Lexis and Syntax as the most reasonable foundation for easier and more motivating English and Foreign Language Acquisition. Cognates in English history and application will help you and your children learn a lot of new things.
The Cognate Highlighter Browser
Add this free extension/plugin to your Google Chrome browser and it will automatically highlight all the English cognate words understandable to Spanish speakers and, to a large extent, to Portuguese, French and Italian speakers as well. Remember it has an on/off switch to disable it when you are not using it, so there is no need to uninstall it later.
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This game will help school-age children to decipher different words for better understanding.
Cognates by Nature
This large number of ‘similar words and sounds’ (+25,000), contrary to what some language learners and teachers think, is not limited to advantageous coincidences; and contrary to what some linguists think, it is not limited to Latin and Greek derivations present in scientific terms. The statistical data provided by this extensive research support the assertion that cognates represent at least 25% of the unique English written words met by Romance language speakers, and vice versa.
The Cognate Writer
This is another free tool by Cognate Linguistics. Just type or paste English text from any source in the text area below and those English cognate words understandable to Spanish, Portuguese, French and Italian speakers -among others- will be highlighted. Click on the image to open the app.
The SVO Cognate Syntax
The immediate and effortless recognition of cognates is not only lexical but also syntactic. The common SVO (Subject-Verb-Object) cognate framework existing in both English and Romance language families is what actually takes cognates as a whole far beyond the expected. In fact, believe it or not, I find the SVO cognate syntax much more fascinating than the cognate lexis. This service will perfectly develop your child’s vocabulary.
Cognates & The Common Core
Interested in exploring and exploiting Cognates through the Common Core Standards? From Kindergarten to eighth grade, from Mathematics to Social Studies, Academic Vocabulary is packed with Cognates! “Oklahoma Academic Vocabulary – Suggested Words and Terms” produced by the Oklahoma State Department of Education. The cognate words and collocations in these lists have been highlighted using The Cognate Highlighter.
Cognates supports ReadWorks
The nonprofit ReadWorks® now features cognates provided by Cognates.org and The Dictionary of Cognates. This organization is committed to solving America’s reading comprehension crisis and student achievement gap. ReadWorks® provides K-12 teachers with what to teach and how to teach it online, for free, to be shared broadly. They provide the largest, highest-quality library of curated nonfiction and literary articles in the USA, along with reading comprehension and vocabulary lessons, formative assessments, and teacher guidance. Most importantly, everything ReadWorks® does is based on proven cognitive science research, not unproven academic theory.
Cognates & The CEFR
Is your work aligned to The Common European Framework of Reference? Here you can download the vocabulary list for the Cambridge Preliminary English Test, which aligns to the CEFR B1 Level and which has been highlighted using The Cognate Highlighter
Children’s natural acquisition of their first language (L1) is not based on previous explicit language knowledge but on unconscious absorption due to its frequency and relevance. Many language experts are convinced we should naturally acquire a second language (L2) in the same manner. However, the cognitive and psycholinguistic mechanisms employed by our minds to acquire L1 are not exactly the same as those employed to acquire L2.
Cognates definition helps children develop even remotely.
Between 2009 and 2010, thousands of people in Ecuador started learning English as no one had ever done it before. Based on the principle that the scope of cognate recognition or cognate learning, if applicable, totally depends on the vocabulary learners already possess in their mother tongues, a non-profit introductory English course featured cognates without limitations; the claim than sometimes there are more underlying similarities than differences between English and Spanish was proven.