WHAT IS A COGNATE IN LITERACY AND LANGUAGE LEARNING?

You may come across some words when learning a new language that sound similar to other words in a first language. 

Although English is not classed as one of the Romantic languages such as Romanian, French, Spanish, Italian, Latin or Portuguese, over 60 % of its words are Latin based which leaves a lot of room for cognates.  Cognates are words that have been derived from another word. Two languages can have a word that share a similar meaning. 

In French for example innocence is innocence in English. Another example of this would be absence (French) and absence (English). 

Cognates are very useful for students, regardless of age, who are studying in or a new language as it helps to increase vocabulary and to progress in their language learning journey.