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Similarities over Differences
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),
a mesma família lingüística ou derivação (Portuguese),
la stessa famiglia linguistica o derivazione (Italian),
la même famille linguistique ou dérivation (French).



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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. More



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English

To Activate v.
Activate(s) v.
Activat(ing) v.
Activat(ed) v.
Activat(ed) v.adj.
Activator n.
Activators n.
Activation n.
Activations n.
Active adj.
Actively adv.
Activist n.
Activists n.
Activism n.
Activity n.
Activities n.
Active Carbon
Active Service
Active Volcano
Activated Carbon
Politically Active
Political Activist
Criminal Activity
Cultural Activity
Illegal Activity
Legal Activity
Mental Activity
Physical Activity
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Español

Activar v.
Activ(a) v.
Activ(ando) v.
Activ(ó) v.
Activ(ado) v.adj.
Activador n.
Activadores n.
Activación n.
Activaciones n.
Activo adj.
Activamente adv.
Activista n.
Activistas n.
Activismo n.
Actividad n.
Actividades n.
Carbón Activo
Servicio Activo
Volcán Activo
Carbón Activado
Políticamente Activo
Activista Político
Actividad Criminal
Actividad Cultural
Actividad Ilegal
Actividad Legal
Actividad Mental
Activad Física
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Português

Ativar v.
Ativ(a) v.
Ativ(ando) v.
Ativ(ou) v.
Ativ(ado) v.adj.
Ativador n.
Ativadores n.
Ativação n.
Ativações n.
Ativo adj.
Ativamente adv.
Ativista n.
Ativistas n.
Ativismo n.
Atividade n.
Atividades n.
Carbono Ativo
Serviço Ativo
Vulcão Ativo
Carbono Ativado
Politicamente Ativo
Ativista Político
Atividade Criminal
Atividade Cultural
Atividade Ilegal
Atividade Legal
Atividade Mental
Atividade Física
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Italiano

Attivare v.
Attiv(a) v.
Attiv(ando) v.
Attiv(ò) v.
Attiv(ato) v.adj.
Attivatore n.
Attivatori n.
Attivazione n.
Attivazioni n.
Attivo adj.
Attivamente adv.
Attivista n.
Attivisti n.
Attivismo n.
Attività n.
Attività n.
Carbone Attivo
Servizio Attivo
Vulcano Attivo
Carbone Attivato
Politicamente Attivo
Attivista Politico
Attività Criminale
Attività Culturale
Attività Illegale
Attività Legale
Attività Mentale
Attività Fisica
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Française

Activer v.
Activ(e) v.
Activ(e) v.
Activ(é) v.
Activ(é) v.adj.
Activateur n.
Activateurs n.
Activation n.
Activations n.
Actif adj.
Activement adv.
Activiste n.
Activistes n.
Activisme n.
Activité n.
Activités n.
Carbone Actif
Service Actif
Volcan Actif
Charbon Activé
Politiquement Actif
Activiste Politique
Activité Criminelle
Activité Culturelle
Activité Illégale
Activité Légale
Activité Mentale
Activité Physique



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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. More






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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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