Word Roots Tutorial

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Word Roots Tutorial
What everyone should know about word roots
What are word roots?
How can they help you learn
English vocabulary?
English has most of its origin in
Greek and Latin. Therefore, many
English words contain Greek and
Latin roots. Learning these roots
enables you to easily learn and
remember many vocabulary words.
Chron is a greek word root that
means “time”
Syn is a greek word root that
means “same”
So, “synchronous” means
happening at the same time.
[syn, same + chron, time + -ous]
Now, expand this:
The prefix a- means “not”
Adding this prefix to the word
“synchronous” yields
“asynchronous” which mean not
happening at the same time.
[a-,not + syn,same + chron,time + ous]
Let’s keep going…
Anachronism mean something that
is out of it’s place in time.
[ana-,back + chron, time + -ism]
We can keep chaining these words
together into an endless list of
words, all of which can be easily
learned and remembered using the
roots to unlock their meaning.
SAT test
Students who have taken this etymology
course have reported an average
increase in SAT scores of over 100
The alternative: memorize lists of
vocabulary words and hope some of
them are on the SAT that you take.
Princeton Review can tell you what
words were on previous SATs, but they
can’t tell you what is going to be on
What This Means…
Every student needs to know word
roots. Throughout your life, you will
see the Greek and Latin word roots
that you learn in this course over
and over again. They will be
ubiquitous. They will be in biology,
computer science, medicine,
sports, and in common everyday
speech and writing.
REMEMBER, an impressive
vocabulary will strengthen your
self-confidence and give you a
distinct advantage in an
increasingly competitive world. The
vocabulary you learn in this course
and beyond will improve the quality
of your life as it opens new doors
and prepares you for future