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 Post subject: synonyms
PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2013 12:22 pm 
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How have people's DC's learned synonyms. We came across two last night: curb/ kerb and course/ coarse and they stumped DS about which was the right spelling/ meaning.

Any help tackling this one really appreciated!

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 Post subject: Re: synonyms
PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2013 1:33 pm 
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Some of mine enjoyed 'Synonym Toast' and 'Free-rice'. One of mine did it solely by rote learning :roll: . But that didn't work for dd2 especially.

With her it had to be picture associations. So for the word, 'quaint',- she'd imagine someone painting a picture using a quill. That was her 'picture association'. Then for synonyms, she'd describe that picture association e.g. old fashioned, queer, peculiar, odd, weird, curious ...IYSWIM


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 Post subject: Re: synonyms
PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2013 1:41 pm 
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Actually, these are homophones - words which sound alike, but have different meanings. (Some people call them homonyms). Try googling those two terms.


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 Post subject: Re: synonyms
PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2013 2:10 pm 
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You may find these useful, especially the 1st link :D

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 Post subject: Re: synonyms
PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2013 2:22 pm 
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Of course they're homonyms; somewhere in my tired old brain, I knew that! :oops: :roll:

Thanks Sonasona; they are terrific websites!

I think this one is a homograph: spring/ spring, as in coiled metal object, commonly used in mattresses and the season. Anyone know when spring is coming? I am cold and fed-up!!

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