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List of the Week: Learn Latin Roots!

Learn "Latin Love, Volume 1," five new lists of words derived from the Latin roots "vocare," "portare," "sci," "struere," and "via." 

These lists were created for Vocabulary.com by nationally recognized literacy consultant Amy Benjamin to fulfill ELA Common Core State Standard "Use common, grade-appropriate Greek or Latin affixes and roots as clues to the meaning of a word." Each list teaches one important Latin root and empowers you to use that root to decode words on and off the list.

  • "Latin Love: 'Portare'" Learn how the Latin root “portare" (“to carry”) relates to the meanings of words like report (carried back) and support (carried under). The root "port" also has to do with doorways, as in portal.
  • "Latin Love: 'Sci'" The root of this "knowledge" word tree usually appears as "sci." Its most famous branch is the word science.
  • "Latin Love: 'Struere'" Many words are constructed from the Latin root "struere," meaning "to build" or "to assemble." Whenever you see "stru" built in to a word, think of how the word relates to the concept of building.
  • "Latin Love: 'Via'" In Latin, the word for "road" or "way" is "via." True to our roots, in English, we say that we go from New York to Florida via Interstate Highway 95.

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Wednesday August 21st 2013, 9:27 AM
Comment by: vinod P. (India)
it would be much better if you have also submitted the example words formed with the latin root words
Sunday October 6th 2013, 4:27 PM
Comment by: Bishwajit (India)
Of course it would be good one but not lucid one for me. So I guess it's a dour list of alphabetic combination which is noting but galling me at this moment.
Sunday December 15th 2013, 9:08 PM
Comment by: David C. (VA)
Amy Benjamin, I like this method as another way of learning vocabulary. I like how vocabulary.com mentions latin roots in the descriptions of the word but this helps build the connections related to similar words.
Sunday February 16th 2014, 1:14 PM
Comment by: Carmen (IN)
I think this is a pretty good list, because I am currently taking Latin, so it definitely helped my Latin as well!
Thursday July 31st 2014, 12:53 AM
Comment by: Dael C. (India)
the words in the list are rather simple but such exercises can strengthen connections between words but opening every link is a bit to see takes a bit more effort.it would be better if you guys just list the words below the sideheadings rather than linking to another page.
Monday December 29th 2014, 11:30 AM
Comment by: Dr. Horn
Indispensable learning approach to English vocabulary. I especially enjoyed the comments. Why does Germanic word root study not help if English is accurately described by Webster as largely germanic in origin rather than romanic or latin?
Saturday May 21st 2016, 8:49 PM
Comment by: Vicki (Australia)
It is a list worth looking at, especially for those that want to achieve the ability to define words quickly without prior knowledge.
Tuesday September 6th 2016, 3:22 AM
Comment by: Kevin P. (Sri Lanka)
Amazing Article!!!! Helped me SO much! thank you so much! WHere can I find similar articles?

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