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Foreign Language Terms Vocabulary Practice (page 3)

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Updated on Sep 8, 2011

Crossword Puzzle

Choose the word from the vocabulary list that best fits into the crossword puzzle. You can check your answers at the end of the chapter following the answers to the questions.

Foreign Language Terms Used in English

Answers

Words in Context

In the first sentence, we learn that the young man is an entrepreneur and that he is talking about a business he started, so we can conclude that being an entrepreneur has something to do with starting one's own business. The young woman is described as naïve and then in the next sentence described as very innocent. The narrator also explains that she enters this conversation "for her sake," so we can conclude that naïve means young and innocent and possibly in need of help. The next word we encounter is laissez-faire, which is used to describe our government's economic policy, so we know that it refers to something political and relates to economics. In the next sentence, it becomes clearer that the narrator is using the word to mean that our government is not regulating economic matters. Non sequitur is used to refer to the narrator's comment and the fact that it is completely unrelated to the entrepreneur's previous statement, so we can deduce that non sequitur means an unrelated statement. The entrepreneur does not want to appear gauche, so he is polite even though he is confused by the comment. We can conclude that gauche must mean impolite or lacking social graces. We can deduce that malaise must mean feeling ill or tired because the young woman needs to go home and rest. Finally, the entrepreneur asks the young woman to "rendezvous at the park the next day," so we can conclude that rendezvous must mean meet.

Sentence Completion

  1. malaise. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  2. vendetta. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  3. naïve. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  4. non sequitur. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  5. rendezvous. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  6. vignette. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  7. ingenue. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  8. gauche. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  9. clichés. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  10. aficionado. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  11. avant-garde. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  12. blasé. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  13. élan. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  14. entrepreneur. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  15. epitome. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  16. laissez-faire. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  17. imbroglio. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  18. fait accompli. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  19. debut. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  20. bourgeois. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.

Synonyms

  1. b.enthusiastic. Blasé means apathetic about something due to over indulgence. Enthusiastic would not be a synonym because it means to be excited about something.
  2. c.conventional. Avant-garde means original and creative, so conventional is not a synonym because it means lacking originality.
  3. c.knowledgeable. Naïve means simple and innocent, so knowledgeable is not a synonym because it means having knowledge.
  4. a.disinterest. Élan means spirit or enthusiasm, so disinterest is not a synonym because it means lacking interest.
  5. b.novice. An aficionado is an expert or devotee to something. A novice is someone who is new to some thing, so it is not a synonym.
  6. c.clear line of thought. A non sequitur is a statement that is not connected to the previous statement. A clear line of thought refers to several statements that follow each other, so it is not a synonym.
  7. d.retirement. A debut is a first appearance. Retirement means the end of a career, so it would not be a synonym of debut.
  8. a.novel. A vignette is a short descriptive piece, but a novel is a long written story, so it is not a synonym.
  9. c.original statement. A cliché is a statement or saying that has been so overused that it lacks meaning. An original statement is not a synonym because it means a statement that is new and has not been used before.
  10. c.healthy. Malaise means a feeling of sickness, but healthy means to feel well, so it is not a synonym.
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