Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 4 – Episode 12 – Developing Vocabulary – Word Formations/Noun Suffixes

More suffixes! They never get old, do they? Let’s get into this! I want you guys to decide what type of noun each of these words is and then put the suffixes in the correct column.

Words: accuracy, actor, coincidence, happiness, interaction, movement, participant, personality, psychologist, researcher.

Noun – abstract/concreteNoun – person
-cy = accuracypsychologist.

2. Add suffixes in the table to the words below. You can possible add more than one suffix.

  1. science
  2. argue
  3. describe
  4. intelligent
  5. sincere
  6. invent
  7. similar
  8. frequent
  9. speak
  10. lonely

3. Match the suffixes with the word. After that, think of at least one more word containing each suffix.

  1. free
  2. fail
  3. import
  4. safe
  5. friend

a. -ure

b -ance

c – dom

d -ship

e -ty

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 4 – Episode 3 – Vocabulary – Suffixes – Upper Intermediate

We’re back with some vocabulary! This is upper intermediate, so this will be a bit more difficult! These suffixes will go more into detail, so I hope you enjoy this!

As you already know, a suffix is a group of letters added to the end of a word that usually changes the part of the speech. Knowing the meaning of common suffixes will help you to develop a RICH VOCABULARY!

Sometimes there can be two noun forms with different meanings.

Identity is the concept of who we are while identification is usually the act or result of identifying someone or something:

Life events that affect one’s identity.

It’s not 100% reliable as a form of identification.

Add the correct ending for these nouns and adjectives and put them in the appropriate column. Add others you know.

Nouns: inform-, national-, probab-, recogni-, reliab-, vari-, verific-,

Adjectives: attain-, manage-, structur-

Common adjectival endingsCommon noun endings
related to (= -al, ive)capable of ( = ible, -ablestate or result ( = -ation, -ition, -sionquality of ( = -ty, -ity, -ility, -ance, -ence
personalresponsibleidentificationidentity

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Episode 23 – Vocabulary – Prefixes with Negative Meanings – Part II

Welcome back, everyone! I’ve finally made a debut of this after a long time (last episode was Season 2, Episode 8) and I’m bringing to you more negative prefixes to enhance your vocabulary! I was recently teaching prefixes in one of my classes here in Thailand, and I just love doing them because it helps my students vary their words.

If you guys don’t know, a prefix is a group of letters added to the beginning of a work.  When added, can change the entire meaning of the word.  It can change the base word from positive, or negative.

Prefix                             Meaning                            Example

anti-                                           freeze                                      antifreeze

counter-                                       act                                         counteract

dis-                                             appear                                     disappear

im-                                              polite                                         impolite

mis-                                       understood                             misunderstood

non-                                         essential                                 nonessential

un-                                             reliable                                    unreliable

in-                                          supportable                             insupportable

 

Task – Add a prefix to each root (answers in the podcast)

1 _________________possible

2 _________________paid

3 _________________nonsense

4 _________________placed

5 _________________rational

6 _________________regard

7 _________________clockwise

8 _________________social

 

Task II – Complete the sentences down below with the negative form of the word in the (parentheses).

  1. Many people were ____________(sure) if I can teach because of my background, but I surely proved them wrong.
  2. Most people in Thailand ______________(conceive) about America in terms of it being the most diverse nation in the world.
  3. There are many ________________(profit) organizations in the world, so I decided to start my own — The Arsenio Buck Foundation.
  4. Some people are _______________(regular) because they have their own agenda.
  5. You have to be ______________(selfish) if you want to work with children or the elderly.

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