English and Foreign Language Learning through Cognates

What are Cognates? Cognates are words descended
from a common ancestor; that is, words having:
the same linguistic family or derivation (English),
la misma familia lingüística o derivación (Spanish),
la même famille linguistique ou dérivation (French),
la stessa famiglia linguistica o derivazione (Italian),
a mesma família lingüística ou derivação (Portuguese).

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 Cognates as the most reasonable foundation for easier and more motivating English and Foreign Language Acquisition.

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The Cognate Highlighter Browser

Click on the image below and install this free Google Chrome extension that will make your browser highlight all the English cognate words understandable to Spanish speakers and, to a large extent, to Portuguese, French and Italian speakers as well!


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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.

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Cognates & The Common Core  cognates-british

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! Click here to download the free pdf vocabulary lists "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 & The CEFR  cognates-british

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 alignes to the CEFR B1 Level and which has been highlighted using The Cognate Highlighter.

The Multilingual Dictionary of Cognates Project



Natural Recognition vs. Natural Acquisition

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. Read more about the psycholinguistic aspects of Cognates

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Research-Based Free Resources


Cognates on Non-profit TV Program

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. More

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Learning English through Portuguese Cognates, by Josh Smith

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